HARRY CREWS NAKED IN GARDEN HILLS 1st/1st + Original CARBON TYPESCRIPT - COPIES of HIS AGENT
Two HARRY CREWS Items previously owned by HIS LITERARY AGENT, Paul R. Reynolds.
(1) NAKED IN GARDEN HILLS, by HARRY CREWS. The author's second book.
Published by William Morrow, New York, 1969. First Edition, First State, with NO dots at the bottom of the copyright page; in a First Edition, First State dustjacket with reviews for THE GOSPEL SINGER on the back cover.
Hardcover book in dustjacket, 5.5x8 inches, 212 pages.
COPY of HARRY CREWS' AGENT, PAUL R. REYNOLDS. The agent's ink stamp is on the front free flyleaf, the title page, the rear pastedown, and the bottom page edges.
Condition: VERY GOOD book, a 1/4x1/8 inch stain to the front cover, some shelf wear to the bottom edge, a bit of wear to the spine ends and corner tips, otherwise tight, bright, clean and clear. In a VERY GOOD dustjacket that has some toning to the edges and spine, and a bit of wear to the spine ends and corners. One of the nicer copies of the dj I have seen (this dj is known for being easily sunned and toned).
GREAT ASSOCIATION COPY, especially when accompanied by the following:
(2) PARTIAL TYPESCRIPT of NAKED IN GARDEN HILLS.
Copy of HARRY CREW'S AGENT, PAUL R. REYNOLDS. The agent's ink stamp is at the top margin of the first page, last page, and at least six other pages (I might have missed one or two).
76 carbon typescript pages on 8.5x11 inch sheets. Pages are numbered 215 through 291. These pages correspond to the first edition book's pages beginning in the middle of page 157 through the end of the book's last page, page 212.
A quick comparison of the typescript text to the first edition book's text shows very few changes, and those that I found were minor. A few examples:
The first full paragraph on page 168 of the book begins "But it did not help, he still loved the horse. It was a scrawny..." and the same paragraph that begins at the bottom of the typescript page 229 reads "But it did not help, he still loved the horse. Yes, loved. It was a scrawny..." and in the same paragraph "beasts" in the typescript was changed to "beast" in the book.
The first sentence on page 172 of the book reads: "Fat Man don't want nothing like me under his roof". The same sentence on page 235 of the typescript reads "Fat Man don't want anything like me under his roof."
On page 179 of the book the character's name "Jack O'Boylan" had been changed from the same character's name on page 245 of the typescript "Gerald O'Donnell".
GOOD Condition: The pages are toned with age, the first and last pages have edge wear and some small edge chips and tears, there are some corner creases, smudge marks, and a bit of edge wear here and there; overall these carbon typescript pages remain bright, clear and fully legible.
A truly UNIQUE item associated with HARRY CREWS, his book NAKED IN GARDEN HILLS, and his literary agent.
(3) Surprise BONUS, a SECOND DJ. The book actually comes with two first state dustjackets. The one described above is now in a Mylar protective covering (easily removed if so desired). It covers a second first state dj that is in GOOD to GOOD MINUS condition. This second dj has considerably more toning to its spine, edges and margins, but is otherwise solid and, like the one above, retains its original $5.95 price. So as to not be confusing, photos are ONLY of the dj described above, NOT this dj.
There is a great 1998 OBITUARY for PAUL R. REYLNOLDS, LITERARY AGENT, in the NY Times. It can easily be found online and is worth reading.