MOSQUITOES - RICHARD HUGHES' COPY
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Boni & Liveright
Date Published: 1927
Edition: First American Edition
Book Id: 1309
First Printing, published in a small run of 3,047 copies. Octavo; navy blue cloth, with titles stamped in yellow on spine and front panel; blue and white-patterned endpapers; dustjacket; 349pp. Light dust soil to upper edge of text, with some trivial rubbing to cloth at spine ends and "Chatto + Windus" written in an unknown hand in blue colored pencil at the top of the title page; Near Fine. First Issue dustjacket is unclipped, heavily sunned at spine, and a bit less so along flap folds, with some shallow chipping to spine ends and corner tips; Very Good+. Housed in a custom slipcase and chemise.
An extraordinary association copy, which belonged to Welsh novelist Richard Hughes, and bearing his bookplate on the front pastedown. Hughes was instrumental in bringing Faulkner to the attention of the London firm Chatto & Windus, who published his first novel, 'Soldier's Pay,' in June of 1930. At the time, Faulkner was entirely unknown in England, and little-known or regarded in the U.S. Hughes wrote introductions to the British editions of 'Soldier's Pay,' 'The Sound and the Fury,' and 'Mosquitoes,' and can easily be credited with bringing Faulkner's writing to the attention of the English-speaking world. An honest copy, with a superb association. Petersen A4b.