Idyll in the Desert. William Faulkner.
Idyll in the Desert

Idyll in the Desert

Very Good. Item #5784

New York: Random House, 1931. Limited Edition of 400 copies, signed by Faulkner out of series (stated) on colophon at back.

Octavo; 17pp. Red marbled paper-covered boards with white title card to front. Boards bumped at corners and spine ends, with paper coming up along bottom 3" of spine and some fading along edges. Cracks to paper just starting at top of hinges, but binding is secure.

Faulkner's first publication with Random House. The story had been rejected seven times by various magazine editors before findings a home there, but the limited copy sold out well ahead of publication. A small note in a 1931 issue of The Brooklyn Citizen notes that "Mr. Faulkner wrote this story while visiting in New York, and the publishers are rushing the book through for pre-Christmas delivery." The story involves a woman who leaves her husband and children for a younger man, and anticipates the love story in The Wild Palms (If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem] eight years later. [Petersen A10, Daniel p. 12-13]

Embossed ownership stamp of William G. Gridley, Jr. on front pastedown, else pages unmarked. Gridley was an investment banker who served for twenty years as a trustee at the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate (home of the Yale Summer School of Music and Art and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival). Gridley also taught geography at the Horace Mann School, served as Vice Chairman on the Board of Tuskegee University, and helped found the Episcopal School in Manhattan.

Price: $600.00

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