Lot 17DINESEN, ISAK [BLIXEN, KAREN]
Galley or proof copy of the American first edition of Seven Gothic Tales. New York: Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, 1934. Galley or proof copy of the first edition. Stitched in plain wrappers. 6 1/4 x 8 inches (20 x 16 cm); with half-title, title (before border was added), contents leaf (before pagination set), introduction by Dorothy Canfield, section titles, and 413 pages printed on rectos only. The wrappers worn and detached, stain and repair to half-title, curling to page edges and minor chips, sold as is.
Scarce galley of Isak Dinesen's breakthrough work Seven Gothic Tales, her first book published in America under her newly assumed pseudonym. The work had been rejected by several English publishers before Dinesen "remembered that her brother knew an American writer who might be in a position to help her, Dorothy Canfield Fisher ... Mrs. Fisher read it and was deeply impressed, and in turn urged it upon her neighbor, Robert Haas, the publisher ... He felt it was too good not to publish, although he didn't anticipate making money. He declined to pay an advance until a few thousand copies had been sold and stipulated that the book appear with a forward by Mrs. Fisher. These conditions were met, the order of the tales was changed slightly, and by September the author was reading proof. Haas was both right and wrong ... Seven Gothic Tales, published in January of 1934, was an immediate critical success, but a commercial success as well." In this proof, the order of the tale is in the original order as Dinesen proffered it, with The Roads Around Pisa first and The Deluge at Norderney fourth. We trace no similar pre-publication item related to Dinesen's first book at auction. See THURMAN, JUDITH. Isak Dinesen The Life of a Storyteller, p. 270.
C Estate of Robin Gottlieb
Sold for $150
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