First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good / No Dust Jacket. Item #4768
New York: The Viking Press, 1953. First Edition, First Printing. Signed by Bellow with inscription to fellow author and columnist William Safire on title page: "To William Safire, from one | of his readers, with a | multitude of good wishes, | Saul Bellow." Octavo; 536pp. Gray and black cloth-covered boards with orange lettering. Orange topstain, with "Vail-Ballou" on copyright. Lacking dustjacket. Covers bumped at corners, with some darkening to spine, toning along edges, and nudging to spine ends. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
1998 program from Bellow's John P. McGovern Award presentation laid in at back, along with a lengthy Atlantic Monthly article on the novel by Martin Amis and a couple rare book catalog clippings. One of Bellow's most beloved works, and winner of the 1954 National Book Award for Fiction.