Hard Cover. New York: Random House, 1954. 1st Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Limited to 1000 copies signed by Faulkner. Publisher's blue cloth, with beveled edges, three crosses double stamped in white and blue to the front board, spine lettered in white and gilt, dark blue top stain, light blue endpapers; in the publisher's original glassine dust jacket. Fine book; glassine with significant chipping to spine ends and rear panel edges, some scratches, creases and tears, and a bit of toning, but still intact. Overall, a beautiful copy of the author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Written over the course of nine years from December 1944 through November 1953, A Fable is, as Random House proclaims, "The crowning achievement of William Faulkner's distinguished career." Partly based on the author's experience as a pilot during World War I, the plot is set in the trenches of France. The story takes place over the course of seven days and examines the internal conflicts each man must go through, a point which is emphasized by the parallels Faulkner draws between Corporal Stephan's struggles and the week-long Passion of Jesus Christ before his crucifixion. A Fable won both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.