New York: Knopf, 1958. Cloth. About fine in dust jacket with very slight darkening of the spine panel. First edition of the author's first novel. Inscribed and signed by the author on the front free endsheet in December, 1959. Laid in are three autograph letters, signed, from Humphrey to the recipient of the inscription (a New York bookseller of the time). The letters are from Stockbridge and Glendale, MA, and span December 1959 through February 1960. Two are accompanied by their envelopes. The two later letters relate to Humphrey's search for certain books and offloading review copies. However, in the December 1959 letter Humphrey responds to the recipient's reading of this book, writing in part: "I am particularly grateful for your praise - for out of all the people who've ever spoken or written about it, you are the first and only one to be reminded of Flaubert. That would be flattering, in any case; but it happens that Flaubert was my model in the hunting scenes (The Legend of St. Julian) and nobody but you has ever discerned this. So I hereby nominate and unanimously elect you my most perceptive reader...." The source work for the 1960 Vincente Minelli film, based on Irving Ravetch's script, starring George Peppard, Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, et al. (Inventory #: WRCLIT76720)
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