Hard Cover. New York: New Directions, 1954. Limited. Near Fine.
First edition (limited edition), first printing. One of 500 copies. Publisher's green and white striped boards over yellow cloth spine, spine lettered in blue and ruled in gilt, blue top stain; publisher's dark blue slipcase, with white paper label stamped in green and lettered in black. Near fine, with light toning to the spine and board edges; slipcase with some rubbing and toning to edges. An excellent copy. Hard Candy is a collection of Williams' short stories written since the publication of his 1948 limited edition of One Arm. Specifically, this volume includes "Three Players of a Summer Game," "Two on a Party," "The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin," "Rubio Y Morena," "The Mattress By the Tomato Patch," "The Coming of Something to the Widow Holly," "The Vine," and 'The Mysteries of the Joy Rio," in addition to the titular "Hard Candy." Like many of Williams' works, Hard Candy was first published as a limited edition, and, a few years later after it had increased in popularity, as a trade edition; this limited first edition copy of Hard Candy preceded the trade edition by five years.