Somebody in Boots

New York: Vanguard, 1935. First Edition. Hardcover. Presentation copy inscribed by Algren to Art and Florence Shay. About Very Good in a Fair jacket, unclipped ($2.50), generally toned, rubbed, and creased, with chips to the front panel and spine, tape repairs on the verso. Red cloth on the boards, faded to match the jacket, rubbed at the lower edges. Square, bound with some reading wear and a red top stain, toned at the endpapers. Algren's debut novel, scarcely found in the original jacket. It is the story of a young man's experiences in Texas, New Orleans, and the American South during the Great Depression. Dissatisfied with the work, Algren later reworked the events into his better received 1956 novel A Walk on the Wild Side. In addition to having the scarce jacket, this copy is inscribed by Algren to his friend and collaborator Art Shay, who, in addition to being a reknowned photographer in his own right, provided the photographs for Algren's 1951 Chicago: City on the Make and later captured photos of Algren and lover Simone de Beauvoir on her trip to Chicago in 1952. Very Good / Fair. Item #2851

Price: $2,250.00

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