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The Poorhouse Fair

By Updike, John


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John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.

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The Poorhouse Fair

UPDIKE, John

New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1959. First. First edition. One corner slightly bumped else fine in fine dustwrapper. Inscribed by the author: "for Susan Sheehan in memory of a poorhouse kind of day. John Updike." Memo to Updike laid in from a library, where this book appeared in an exhibition. Updike and Sheehan were colleagues at The New Yorker for nearly 50 years, both, among other things, contributing frequently to The Talk of the Town. Both won Pulitzer Prizes: Updike for Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest; Sheehan for General Non-Fiction for her 1983 book Is There No Place on Earth for Me? A lovely copy and a nice association. .

  • Published: 1959
  • Edition: First
Sold by: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
$3,000.00

The Poorhouse Fair

UPDIKE, John

NY: Knopf. 1959. Updike's second book and first novel, nominated for the National Book Award and winner of the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, for a novel which, despite not being a commercial success, was nonetheless "a considerable literary achievement." Signed by the author. With the bookplate of diplomat and ambassador John Moors Cabot on the front flyleaf: Cabot lived on Cape Ann, one town over from Updike. Fine in a near fine dust jacket, with a bit of rubbing to the front panel and a closed but crooked tear to the lower rear panel. In a custom three quarter leather clamshell case from the Praxis Bindery. First Edition. Hardcover.

  • Published: 1959
  • Edition: First Edition
Sold by: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA
$1,500.00

The Poorhouse Fair

UPDIKE, JOHN

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1958. First Edition. Fine in a first issue dust jacket. Inscribed by the author.

  • Published: 1958
  • Condition: First Edition. Fine in a first issue dust jacket. Inscribed by the author.
Sold by: Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc.
$875.00

The Poorhouse Fair

Updike, John

London,UK: Gollancz, 1959. Book. Fine. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This is a unread true first UK edition, first printing (first impression) copy in a Fine Dust Jacket with rubbing to the top edges. Very light browning to the front endpage otherwise unmarked and as new. A superb copy of the extremely elusive UK edition of Updike's first novel. Signed by John Updike to the title page..

  • Published: 1959
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: 1st Edition
Sold by: Kelleher Rare Books
$751.72

The Poorhouse Fair

UPDIKE, John

London: Gollancz. 1959. The first British edition of his second book, first novel. Signed by the author. Minor foxing to text block and slight spine lean; still near fine in a near fine dust jacket with one edge tear at the upper rear spine fold. First Edition. Hardcover.

  • Published: 1959
  • Edition: First Edition
Sold by: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA
$750.00

THE POORHOUSE FAIR

Updike, John

NY: KNOPF. 1959. Fine. 1959. First Edition. Hardcover. About fine in a Vg.+ to Nf. dj. The dj. is the "First" issue . (2 small chips at head of rear panel of dj. & at crest of spine on dj. A few very tiny chips at spine ends on dj. Couple of 1"-inch tears in dj.) Author's FIRST novel. .

  • Published: 1959
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: First Edition
Sold by: Waverley Books
$750.00

The Poorhouse Fair

Updike, John

Knopf, 1958. First Edition (first printing). The first novel by the author of the RABBIT novels and THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, a story which concerns the lives of a handful of eccentric people in a central New Jersey poorhouse on the morning of the annual fair. Near Fine/Near Fine -- a tiny bit of crimping at the head of the dust jacket spine. Otherwise, a very bright, clean copy. Inscribed by Updike to a well known British journalist, as follows: "for David Hepworth best wishes John Updike" on the front free end paper. . Signed by Author. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Dust Jacket Included.

  • Published: 1958
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Edition: 1st Edition
Sold by: Bill Leone, Bookseller ABAA
$750.00

The Poorhouse Fair

UPDIKE, JOHN

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1958. First Edition. Fine in a lightly worn first issue dust jacket with a two inch, fairly unobtrusive, tear extending from the bottom of the spine into the back panel. Signed by Updike.

  • Published: 1958
  • Condition: First Edition. Fine in a lightly worn first issue dust jacket with a two inch, fairly unobtrusive, tear extending from the botto
Sold by: Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc.
$650.00

THE POORHOUSE FAIR

Updike, John

NY: Knopf, 1959. First edition, first prnt. 1st issue dustjacket. Beginning board edge toning, demure owner name & date on front pastedown (hidden by the dustjacket front flap); faint beginning foxing on front panel, miminal edgewear, mostly at spine ends, rear panel with small perforation and tiny closed tear on the upper edge. Very Good+ condition in a Very Good dustjacket with a Durafold mylar cover. Updike's first novel, second book. The image is of the actual book described and not a stock photo.

  • Published: 1959
  • Condition: Very Good+
Sold by: Revere Books, ABAA & IOBA
$650.00

THE POORHOUSE FAIR

UPDIKE, JOHN

NEW YORK NY: ALFRED A KNOPF CO. VG/VG. PUB 1959. FIRST EDITION. ISBN: AUTHOR'S SECOND BOOK / SIGNED BY AUTHOR ON THE TITLE PAGE. BOOK HAS SOME LIGHT WEAR TO THE CORNERS WITH A BIT OF FADING TO THESPINE PANEL AND RUBBED BUT VISIBLE SPINE TITLES, AND OWNERSHIP NAMESTAMPED TO THE FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. SUPPLIED FIRST ISSUE D.J. IS BRIGHTAND UNFADED WITH LIGHTLY WORN CORNERS AND SPINE-ENDS, SCATTERED STAININGALONG THE TOP AND BOTTOM EDGES FROM PRIMATIVE D.J. PROTECTOR, AND TAPESHADOWS/STAINS TO THE FLAPS' CORNERS. DESPITE FLAWS A NICE PRESENTABLECOPY OF UPDIKE'S ELUSIVE FIRST NOVEL.. Keywords: NOVEL, SIGNED, INVISIBLE, ABCDEF.

  • Published: PUB 1959
  • Edition: FIRST EDITION
Sold by: JOHN LUTSCHAK BOOKS
$600.00

THE POORHOUSE FAIR

UPDIKE, JOHN

LONDON: GOLLANCZ LTD (VICTOR). FINE IN A VERY GOOD+ D.J.. PUB 1959. FIRST EDITION. HARDCOVER. AUTHOR'S SECOND BOOK . BOOK IS FINE WITHOUT ANY MARKS TO THE BINDING OR THE TEXT. D.J. HAS MODEST SOIL TO THE SPINE, A COUPLE OF TINY CHIPS AT THE TOP OF THE REAR PANEL, SOME VERY FAINT DAMPING TO THE REAR PANEL, AND IS NOT PRICE-CLIPPED. AN EXCELLENT CLEAN, BRIGHT, COPY OF THE FIRST UK EDITION OF UPDIKE'S ELUSIVE FIRST NOVEL. .

  • Published: PUB 1959
  • Condition: FINE IN A VERY GOOD+ D.J.
  • Edition: FIRST EDITION
Sold by: JOHN LUTSCHAK BOOKS
$550.00

The Poorhouse Fair

Updike, John

Alfred A. Knopf, 1958. First edition, first printing., 1958.. First edition, first printing.. Faint toning to board edges and tiny ding to bottom edge of rear board. In near fine dust jacket with one inch closed tear to rear panel; one inch tear, along with small chip to head of spine at rear panel; and half-inch tear at rear flap-fold; in mylar cover.. Signed by the author.

  • Published: 1958.
  • Condition: Faint toning to board edges and tiny ding to bottom edge of rear board. In near fine dust jacket with one inch closed tear to r
  • Edition: First edition, first printing.
Sold by: The Hermitage Bookshop, Member ABAA
$500.00

THE POORHOUSE FAIR

Updike, John

New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 1959. First Edition. Hardcover; First Printing. DJ with one closed tear and chipped at top spine; Author's first book; 8vo; 185 pages .

  • Published: 1959
  • Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket
  • Edition: First Edition
Sold by: Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore
$456.00

The Poorhouse Fair

UPDIKE, JOHN

New York: Knopf, 1958. Previous owner's blindstamp to the half-title. Dustjacket is clipped, with some modest wear to the outer extremities.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

  • Published: 1958
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: First Edition
Sold by: Contact Editions
$450.00

The Poorhouse Fair

Updike, John

NY: Knopf, 1959. First edition. Hard cover in dust jacket. Published NY: Knopf, 1959. First printing, in first issue dust jacket. Small 8vo., orange cloth with silver and gold lettering, blue/green paper covered boards. Mild foxing offset to pastedowns, small name stamp on fly leaf, otherwise very good, in bright, clean, very good dust jacket with internal foxing (facing the book), light foxing on the inside flaps, two short closed tears, light fray at crown, small chip. A nice example.. 1st. Hard. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo..

  • Published: 1959
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: 1st
Sold by: The Wild Muse
$450.00

The Poorhouse Fair

UPDIKE, John

New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1959. First. First edition. Near fine in very good, first issue dustwrapper with some rubbing, a tiny nick on the front panel, and a fairly large dampstain visible almost entirely on the inside of the jacket. A presentable copy of the author's first novel, and seldom found thus. .

  • Published: 1959
  • Edition: First
Sold by: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
$400.00

The Poorhouse Fair

Updike, John

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1958. First edition of the author's first novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some wear to the spine. Brilliant . . . Here is the conflict of real ideas; of real personalities; here is a work of intellectual imagination and great charity. The Poorhouse Fair is a work of art" (The New York Times Book Review).

  • Published: 1958.
Sold by: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB
$350.00

THE POORHOUSE FAIR

UPDIKE, John

1959. Fine. UPDIKE, John. THE POORHOUSE FAIR. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959. First edition of the author's first novel. 8vo., orange cloth spine, letters stamped in gold and silver gilt to spine, grey-blue paper boards, author's name stamped in silver gilt to upper board, publisher's device sblind- stamped to lower board, top-edge stained orange. Bookplate to front pastedown. This is a near fine copy, showing just a sliver of sunning to top-edges of boards and spine, else clean and fresh. In a crisp, bright dust jacket which is lightly edgeworn at spinal ends, with a few small abrasions at the transition from the spine to lower panel; it is just about near fine.

  • Published: 1959
  • Condition: Fine
Sold by: Boston Book Company
$300.00

POORHOUSE FAIR

UPDIKE, John

1959. Very Good. UPDIKE, John. THE POORHOUSE FAIR. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959. First edition of the author's first novel. 8vo., blue paper covered boards backed in red clot, spine in gilt. A very good copy; with a hint of sunning at the boards top edge in a first issue dust jacket (with one paragraph on the rear flap) that has a few close tears, very shallow chips to spine and two pieces of internal tape reinforcement. Still an attractive, collectible copy.

  • Published: 1959
  • Condition: Very Good
Sold by: Boston Book Company
$300.00

The Poorhouse Fair

John Updike

Knopf, 1958. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Author's Rare Second Book Fine copy in a Near fine Jacket.Stated First Edition.$3.50 on flap.Beautiful Copy..

  • Published: 1958
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: 1st Edition
Sold by: Jeff Bergman Books ABAA/ILAB
$295.00