Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. 1st Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Wolfe on front free endpaper: “For / Cami Ramsey / - with sincere thanks / and good wishes - / Thomas Wolfe / May 10, 1937.” Publisher's black cloth, stamped in green, gilt and blind; in the original pictorial dust jacket, with a wave theme in dark green and black to the front panel and spine. Very good book, with a bit of dimming to gilt on spine, light wear to corners and spine ends, very light soiling to boards, some spotting to endpapers and text block fore edge, and previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown; very good unclipped dust jacket with some toning and light soiling to spine, shallow chipping to spine ends, light spotting to inner jacket flaps, 2 inch split to top of front flap hinge, light creasing to upper portion of front panel, and a small closed tear to top edge of front panel. Overall, a handsome copy, inscribed by the author. Of Time and the River is Thomas Wolfe's sequel to his first novel Look Homeward, Angel (1929). Like its predecessor, this semi-autobiographical novel features the protagonist Eugene Grant, who serves as the author's fictional representation of his younger self. Specifically, Of Time and the River is Wolfe's reflection on his early- to mid-twenties, after he had left Altamont, Catawba (representative of Wolfe's hometown Asheville, North Carolina) to attend Harvard University and his subsequent move to New York City to work as a professor of English. Begun in 1931 and published four years later after significant editing, Of Time and the River is, as the Encyclopædia Britannica writes, a 900 page "meditation on the creative process and the passing of time."