Manhattan Transfer

Price: 865.00 USD

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1925. First Edition (so stated), K-Z on copyright page, with (per Potter) perfect "p" in "Ferryslip" (running head); p. 9; perfect 2 in folio, p. 298, and almost obliterated "i" in "telling," p. 328, Small, thick 8vo (189 x 125mm): [4],404.[2]pp. Publisher's preferred binding of black cloth, covers with paper reproduction of painting by dos Passos of New York harbor with skyline in the distance; yellow paper label printed in black to spine; top-edge stained yellow, others rough-trimmed; plain white wove end papers. Without the dust jacket. One of 2000 copies so bound (an additional 2,000 copies were bound in plain black cloth, no priority known). Potter 7. Modern Library 100, 23. Near Fine, soundly bound and clean throughout, a collectible copy. D. H. Lawrence praised Manhattan Transfer as "the best modern book about New York," because it "becomes what life is, a stream of different things and different faces rushing along in the consciousness, with no apparent direction save that of time." It was with Manhattan Transfer, his third published novel, that Dos Passos attempted to depict an "entire society, that of a city that for him embodied the best and worst of American culture. . . . stripped, staccato style in [the] narrative passages, and . . . rapid, abrupt shifts among a large and varied cast of characters. The speed of modern life is reflected not only in the style but also in those shifts, and the vividly colorful imagery adds to the effect. . . . For its style, its depiction of city life, and its vigor, Manhattan Transfer remains one of the genuine classics of the twentieth-century novel." (enotes) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.). First Printing. Near Fine.


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