Hard Cover. New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, 1935. First Edition. Near Fine.
First edition, first printing. Limited to 310 individually numbered copies signed by Faulkner. Original publisher's three-quarter blue cloth-backed silver foil-covered boards, with illustration of a plane to the front cover, spine lettered in silver, silver top edge; original publisher's paper-covered slipcase with title label to front board and spine. About fine with some slight fading to the spine; in the extremely fragile slipcase with some wear along the edges and completely free of any of the usual repairs or restoration. An excellent example, scarce in this condition. Housed in a custom quarter leather box. Pylon tells the story of a trio of airplane barnstormers (stunt pilots) who live on the outskirts of society. An unnamed reporter, intrigued and enamored by the trio's unique lifestyle, becomes emotionally invested in the trio, which ultimately leads to tragedy. Following the financial success of his novel Sanctuary (1931) and writing for Hollywood, Faulkner took up flying in the early 1930s, which gave him much of the raw material for Pylon. It is one of the few books written by Faulkner that is not set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha Country in Mississippi, instead set in New Valois, an area very similar to New Orleans. The book was adapted into the classic movie Tarnished Angels (1957), directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Rock Hudson.