Sunset Gun. Poems.
by Dorothy Parker
- Very Good in Good slipcase/No Jacket
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New York: Boni & Liveright, 1928. Hardcover, purple paper, white cloth spine, slipcase but missing glassine. Very Good in Good slipcase/No Jacket. Signed, limited edition in slipcase, presentation copy. Purple paper is faded, and there are some small ink (?) spots on back cover, as well as a small smudge on the bottom corner of the limitation page. SIGNED limitation page with 'Dorothy Parker' in blue ink, states Ôthis edition limited to 275 copies, of which 250 are for sale.Õ This copy is numbered in the same blue ink as 322, and the word ÔPresentationÕ in black ink follows. 75 pages, many unopened, printed on Boni & Liveright watermarked paper. Slipcase worn and faded, all edges rubbed, splitting at top and bottom. Label affixed to slipcase states ÔAutographed Edition. This edition is limited to 275 numbered copies. Each copy is signed by the author.Õ At the upper right corner is the number 322 in ink, mirroring the number on the limitation page of the volume. From the family of T. R. Smith, who was chief editor and adviser at Liveright in the 1920s. Although not indicated, this is assumed to be SmithÕs personal presentation copy from Parker, with the numbering extending beyond the official count. Boni & Liveright had also published ParkerÕs first collection of verse, Enough Rope, in 1926, which was a best-seller full of her light verse and savage wit; Smith was responsible for Enough Rope, as well as other prominent works. This is ParkerÕs second volume of verse, collected from poetry originally printed in the New Republic, New Yorker, Nation, Life, and other periodicals of the day. Many are her best-known works of love, bitterness, and betrayal, and contain her signature sardonic wit. ParkerÕs verse was her Ômost transparently autobiographical form of expression,Õ and according to one biographer, ÔTaken together, all of her poems amounted to a kind of diary of shifting moods, most of them ranging from black to blue.Õ Sunset Gun was published in May 1928, soon after her divorce from Eddie Parker was finalized and shortly before an appendicitis landed her in the hospital. Liveright printed a large first run of 10,000 as well as the limited edition of 250, which sold for $7.50. The title was changed from Songs for the Nearest Harmonica to the darker-sounding Sunset Gun, which refers to the cannon fired at the end of the day while the flag is lowered. The volume is dedicated to Ivy League playboy John Garrett, her love affair at the time. Dorothy Rothschild Parker, 1893-1977, was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, known for her cutting wisecracks. She was a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, an early contributor to the New Yorker magazine, and worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood for many years.
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- Sunset Gun. Poems.
- Dorothy Parker
- Hardcover, purple paper, white cloth spine, slipcase but missing glassine
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- Boni & Liveright
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- New York
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- JJB, 1920s writers, Algonquin Round Table, women writers, modern first editions
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