The Beans of Egypt, Maine [Inscribed Association Copy]
by CHUTE, Carolyn
NY: Ticknor & Fields. 1985. The uncorrected proof copy of her first book, a novel of a backwoods Maine family which was both critically acclaimed and a surprise bestseller. With a long inscription from Chute to fellow Ticknor & Fields author Madison Smartt Bell, whose novel Waiting for the End of the World was published the same year. "For Madison & Beth [Bell's wife, the poet Elizabeth Spires] - fellow writers waiting for the end of the world. xoxox Carolyn/ May 6, 85/ [Publisher's name circled] Publishers of Dickens, Longfellow, Bell, Chute and others. May you have your dream house soon! A RAT-less one." With Madison Smart Bell's ownership signature. Further inscribed by Chute, eight years later, to famed [and later, murdered] book collector Rolland Comstock: "So, how did you get Madison and Beth's copy? They are my friends! Madison, a better novelist than me. Beth, a super poet. They have their house now. And a baby girl." Faint crease to front cover, likely from so much inscribing; near fine in wrappers. Laid in is a folded five-page press release from Ticknor & Fields, the text of which is a transcription of excerpts of the highly entertaining correspondence Chute sent to her editor during the pre-publication process. A wonderful, unique association copy. First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine. (Inventory #: 032639)
Modern First Editions and Author Archives. We also deal in Native American Literature; Literature of the Beats, the Sixties and the Vietnam War; Latin American Literature; and Nature Writing, We like selling books with stories: unique copies of titles, such as association copies, that convey a specific moment in the book's history and add a human dimension exceeding even that of the author/reader connection.
Shipping & Return Policies
All books are First Editions or First American Editions in dust jackets unless otherwise noted and are returnable within 30 days.
You can be confident that when you make a purchase through ABAA.org, the item is sold by an ABAA member in full compliance with our Code of Ethics. Our sellers guarantee your order will be shipped promptly and that all items are as described. Buy with confidence through ABAA.org.