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Faulkner, William

William Cuthbert Faulkner was an American writer coveted by collectors for his many works, including the Pulitzer Prize winning bookA Fable (1954) and his last novel The Reivers (1962). He also received the Nobel Prize for Fiction. Faulkner’s portfolio spans across a broad spectrum of literary media, including novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays and screenplays. The brunt of his success is captured in his various novels and short stories. The Modern Library ranked his 1929 novel The Sound and the Fury number six on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Faulkner’s other works on the list included As I Lay Dying (1930) and Light in August (1932).

A collection of Faulkner’s manuscripts, including correspondence, personal papers, and over 300 books take up residence at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia along with some of his personal effects. The University of Mississippi’s Harry Ransom Center, and the New York Public Library both also house very important materials and documents belonging to the late Faulkner.

A copy of Faulkner’s A Fable - limited first edition, (number 49 of 1,000) published in New York in 1954 by Random House signed on the limitation page by Faulkner was auctioned through Heritage for $2,000 in April of 2012. Various other versions of the acclaimed novel have been auctioned including a limited first edition signed by Faulkner on the limitation page, which sold for $750 in February of 2012. The book includes the publisher's blue cloth beveled boards with blue and silver stamping and original glassine dust jacket. Christie’s Auction House recently estimated the value of signed first edition copy of A Fable at between $700 - $1,000.

Faulkner, William. The Marble Faun. The Four Seas Company, Boston (1924). First edition, about 500 copies printed; author's first book; collection of verse

Spratling, William. Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles. Pelican Bookshop Press, New Orleans (1926). Illustrated by W.M. Spratling; Arranged by William Faulkner; “ A Gallery of Contemporary New Orleans.”; Limited edition of 250 numbered copies, 50 signed by Spratling; 150 copies of second printing; total edition of 400 copies

Faulkner, William. Soldiers Pay. Boni and Liveright, New York (1926).

Faulkner, William. Mosquitoes. Boni and Liveright, New York (1927).

Faulkner, William. Sartoris. Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York (1929). First printing; 1,998 copies

Faulkner, William. Sound and the Fury. Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, New York (1929). First edition: 1789 copies printed

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying. Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, New York (1930). First issue (dropped 'I' on p11 line 1), approx. 750 copies of first issue; corrected in second issue printing (2522 total copies)

Faulkner, William. Soldiers Pay. Chatto and Windus, London (1930). First UK Edition; preface by Richard Hughes

Faulkner, William. Idyll In The Desert. Random House, New York (1931). Limited Edition, 400 numbered copies signed by author; no trade edition

Faulkner,William. Sanctuary. Chatto and Windus, London (1931). First Edition, first issue: 2000 copies

Faulkner, William. Sanctuary. Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, New York (1931).

Faulkner, William. The Sound and The Fury. Chatto and Windus, London (1931). First UK Edition

Faulkner, William. These 13. Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1931 (1931). Collection of short stories; Limited Edition 299 numbered copies signed by author; second printing - trade edition

Faulkner, William. Light In August. Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, New York (1932). First printing; 8500 copies

Faulkner, William. Miss Zilphia Gant. The Book Club of Texas, Dallas (1932). Limited Book club edition of 300 numbered copies (unsigned)

Faulkner, William. Modern Tales of Horror. Gollancz, UK (1932). Anthology; First UK Edition; Contributors: William Faulkner, H. H. Ewers, L. A. G. Strong, H. P. Lovecraft, Conrad Aiken, Donald Wandrei, Frank Belknap Long, Dashiell Hammett

Faulkner, William. Salmagundi. Casanova Press, Milwaukee (1932). Review edition 25 numbered copies; Limited First Edition of 500 numbered copies (total edition 525); Includes “Ultimately”, a poem by Ernest Hemingway.

Faulkner, William. Sanctuary. Crosby Continental Editions/Black Sun Press, Paris (1932).

Faulkner, William. Sanctuary. The Modern Library, New York (1932). First Edition with Author's Apology; rewritten version of earlier publication

Faulkner, William. Sartoris. Chatto and Windus, London (1932). First UK Edition; 2000 copies of first printing

Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms. Random House, New York (1932).

Faulkner, William. This Earth. Equinox Cooperative Press, New York (1932). A Poem. Wood engravings after drawings by Albert Heckman.

Faulkner, William. A Green Bough. Harrison Smith and Rober Haas, New York (1933). Illustrated by Lynd Ward; first trade edition; Early limited edition of 360 numbered copies signed by author.

Faulkner, William. Light in August. Chatto and Windus, London (1933). First UK Edition

Faulkner, William. These Thirteen, Stories.. Chatto and Windus, London (1933). First UK Edition; 1500 copies.

Faulkner, William. Doctor Martino. Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, NY (1934). “and other stories” Trade Edition; Limited Edition of 360 numbered copies, signed by author.

Faulkner, William. Doctor Martino. Chatto and Windus, London (1934). “and other stories” UK Edition

Faulkner, William. Tandis que j'agonise. Gallimard, Paris (1934). “As I Lay Dying”; Translated by Maurice E. Coindreau; First edition, French text; 3000 copies (60 Review copies)

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying. Chatto and Windus, London (1935). First UK Edition; first issue (includes advertisements at end)

Faulkner,William. Pylon. Chatto and Windus, London (1935). First UK Edition, 2900 copies.

Faulkner, William. Pylon. Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, New York (1935). First IS Edition plus Limited Edition of 310 numbered copies signed by author.

William Faulkner. Absalom, Absalom. Random House; New York (1936). First Edition, First printing; plus Limited Edition 300 numbered copies signed by author.

Faulkner, William. The Unvanquished. Random House, New York (1938). Illustrated by Edward Shenton; first printing stated.

Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms. Chatto and Windus, London (1939). First UK Edition

Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms. Random House, New York (1939). First edition; plus Limited Edition of 250 numbered copies signed copies

Faulkner, William. The Hamlet. Random House, New York (1940). First book in Snopes Trilogy. The book was the basis for The Long Hot Summer, the 1958 film starring Paul Newman and other stellars.

Faulkner, William. Go Down Moses. Random House, New York (1942). “and Other Stories”; First Edition; 100 copies numbered and signed by author.

Faulkner, William. Go Down Moses. Chato and Windus, London (1942). “and Other Stories”; First UK Edition; 2500 copies.

Faulkner, William. A Rose For Emily And Other Stories. Armed Services Editions, New York (1945). Armed Services Edition #825; First Edition, never printed in book form; Selections and Forward by Saxe Cummings.

Faulkner, William. Intruder in the Dust. Random House, New York (1948). First printing

Faulkner, William. LE DOCTEUR MARTINO et Autres Histoires.. Gallimard, Paris (1948). “Doctor Martino and Other Stories; French Edition; translated by R.N. Raimbault and Ch.P. Vorce.

Faulkner, William. Moustiques (Mosquitoes). Les Editions de Minuit, Paris (1948). Translated by Jean Dubramet; Introduction by Raymond Queneau; First French Edition; 150 numbered copies on Alfa Mousse (total 200).

Faulkner, William. Intruder in the Dust. Chatto and Windus, London (1949). First UK Edition

Faulkner, Willliam. Knights Gambit. Random House, New York (1949). First printing; Collection of detective stories.

Faulkner, William. Collected Stories of William Faulkner. Random House, New York (1950). First Printing ('The' in the title on the spine); Includes 42 stories.

Faulkner, William. I Decline to Accept The End of Man. Press of the Good Mountain, New York (1950). “Acceptance Speech of William Faulkner Upon Receipt of the Nobel Prize for Literature at Stockholm, Sweden December 14, 1950”

Faulkner, William. Notes on a Horse Thief. Levee Press, Mississippi (1950). Limited First Edition of 975 numbered copies signed by author.

Faulkner, William. Collected Stories of William Faulkner. Chatto and Windus, London (1951). First UK Edition; 1526 copies

Faulkner, William. Knights Gambit. Chatto and Windus, London (1951). Six Stories; First UK Edition

Faulkner, William. Nobel Prize Speech. Spiral Press, New York (1951). “Acceptance Speech of William Faulkner Upon Receipt of the Nobel Prize for Literature at Stockholm, Sweden December 14, 1950”; Printed for friends of Random House and Faulkner; 3500 copies.

Faulkner, William. On Receiving the Nobel Prize. Hunterdon Press, New York (1951). “Acceptance Speech of William Faulkner Upon Receipt of the Nobel Prize for Literature at Stockholm, Sweden December 14, 1950”; Limited Edition of 200 copies.

Faulkner, William. Requiem for a Nun. Random House, New York (1951). Limited Edition of 750 numbered copies signed by author; trade Edition following signed edition.

Faulkner, William. Mirrors of Chartres Street. Faulkner Studies, Minneapolis (1953). Illustrator-Mary Demopoulous; Introduction-Willian Van Oconnor; Limited Edition of 1000 numbered copies signed by author.

Faulkner, William. Mirrors of Chartres Street. Faulkner Studies, Minneapolis (1953). First Edition 1000 copies.

Faulkner, William. New Orleans Sketches. Hokuseido Press, Tokyo (1953). Edited with notes by Ichiro Nishizaki

Faulkner, William. Requiem for a Nun. Chatto and Windus, London (1953). First UK Edition

Faulkner, William. A Fable. Random House, New York (1954). First edition with a Limited Edition of 1000 numbered copies signed by author.

Faulkner, William. The Faulkner Reader. Random House, New York (1954). Includes 'The Sound and the Fury' and Nobel Prize acceptance speech

Faulkner, William. A Fable.. Chatto and Windus, London (1955). First UK Edition

Faulkner, William. Big Woods. Random House, New York (1955). “The Hunting Stores of William Faulkner”; Illustrated by Edward Shenton; Includes The Bear, The Old People, A Bear Hunt and Race at Morning.; First printing.

Faulkner, William. Descends, Moise. Gallimard, Paris (1955). “Go Down, Moses”; Translated by R.N. Raimbault; First French Edition. 70 copies on vellum.

FAULKNER, William. Jealousy and Episode. Faulkner Studies, Minneapolis (1955). “Two Stories by William Faulkner”; Limited Edition of 500 numbered copies.

Faulkner, William. Le Rameau vert. Gallimard, Paris (1955). “The Green Bough, Poems”; translated by R.N. Raimbault; Bilingual edition.

Faulkner, William. Faulkner at Nagano. Kenkyusha, Tokyo (1956). Edited by Robery A. Jeliffe; series of interviews and lectures by Faulkner in Japan.

Faulkner, William. Requiem pour une nonne. Gallimard, Paris (1956). “Requiem for a Nun”; adapted and translated by Albert Camus; First French Edition; Limited Edition of 120 numbered copies.

Faulkner, William. The Town. Random House, NEW YORK (1957). First issue (with the line 8 repeated in the tenth line on page 327.) 2nd in Snopes Trilogy.

Faulkner, William. Collected Stories. Chatto and Windus, London (1958). First UK Edition; 3 volumes: Uncle Willy and Other Stories; These 13; Doctor Martino and Other Stories

Faulkner, William. New Orleans Sketches. Random House, NY (1958). Introduction by Carvel Collins; First US Edition (originally published in Japan). First printing stated.

Faulkner, William. Parabole. Gallimard, Paris (1958). “A Fable”; Translated by R. N. Raimbault; First French Edition of 70 numbered copies.

Faulkner, William. The Mansion. Random House, New York (1959). 3rd in Snopes Trilogy. 500 numbered and signed copies.

William Faulkner. Requiem for a Nun. Random House, NEW YORK (1959). Adapted for stage by Ruth Ford. A Play from the Novel by William Faulkner.

FAULKNER, WILLIAM. The Marble Faun and A Green Bough. Random House, New York (1960). First Random House Edition

Faulkner, William. Sanctuary. 20th Century-Fox, 1961 (1961).

Faulkner, William. The Mansion. Chatto and Windus, London (1961). First UK Edition; 3rd book in the Snopes Trilogy

Faulkner, William. The Reivers. Random House, New York (1962). “A Reminiscence”; First printing; 1962 Pulitzer Prize winner

Faulkner, William. Mosquitoes. Chatto and Windus, London (1964). Introduction by Richard Hughes; First UK Edition

Faulkner, William. The Wishing Tree. Random House, New York (1964). Illustrated by Don Bolognese; Limited Edition of 500 numbered copies

Faulkner, William. The Marble Faun and A Green Bough. Random House (1965). 2 volumes; reproduced photographically from copies of original edition

Spratling, William. Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles. University of Texas Press, Austin Texas (1966). Arranged by William Faulkner; University of Texas Edition; forewards by Faulkner and William Spratlings. First collected edition, reprinting the text of Faulkners only two volumes of poetry in facsimile.

Faulkner, William. The Faulkner-Cowley File. The Viking Press, New York (1966). Malcolm Cowley; “Letters and Memories, 1944-1962”

Faulkner, William. Flags in the Dust. Random House, New York (1973). Edited by Douglas Day; the unedited version of the earlier published “Sartoris”

Faulkner, William. Faulkner on Love. The Merrykit Press, North Dakota (1974). “A Letter to Marjorie Lyons”; Limited Edition of 110 numbered copies (100 for sale); contains photocopies of original letter

Faulkner, William. A Flight Commander.. The Sandhill Press (1975). Limited Edition of 15 numbered copies; privately printed; letter to Hubert Starr

Faulkner, William. Marionettes. Yoknapatawpha Press, Mississippi (1975). Limited Edition of 510 numbered copies for sale; included “A Memory of Marionettes”, an essay by Ben Wasson; facsimile of original manuscript.

Faulkner, William. To The Voters of Oxford. Palaemon Press, North Carolina (1980). Limited edition; 26 lettered non-sale copies; total edition of 126.

Faulkner, William. Father Abraham. Red Osier Press, New York (1983). Edited by James Meriwether; Illustrated by John DePol; Limited Edition of 210 numbered copies.

Faulkner, William. Hunting Stories. Limited Editions Club, New York (1988). Original color etchings by Neil Welliver; Limited Edition of 850 numbered copies signed by illustrator; Contains “The Bear” and “The Old People”. Printed by Heritage Printers, North Carolina. Introduction by Cleanth Brooks.

Faulkner, William. Spotted Horses. Univ. of South Carolina Press, South Carolina (1989). Illustrated by Boyd Saunders with 30 lithographs; with original signed lithograph laid in; Limited Edition of 600 numbered copies.