Joyce Carol Oates HUNGRY GHOSTS "Publisher's Copy" DELUXE BINDING (1/50) SIGNED by BOTH Author & Publisher - in Slipcase
HUNGRY GHOSTS - Seven Allusive Comedies, by Joyce Carol Oates.
Published by Black Sparrow Press, Santa Barbara, 1974.
FINE PRINTING, LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED, DELUXE EDITION in SLIPCASE. "PUBLISHER'S COPY" so designated on the Colophon / Limitation Page (the last page), SIGNED by Both JOYCE CAROL OATES and the Publisher JOHN MARTIN. (Publisher's Copies were printed prior to and in the same DELUXE BINDING as the 50 NUMBERED COPIES. These "first off the press" copies were printed in a very small, though unstated, number for the Publisher's private use, and designated "Publisher's Copy" in place of a number.)
Hardcover Book in Acetate Dustjacket, patterned cloth spine with printed paper covered boards, purple endpapers, 6x9 inches, 200 pages plus the Colophon / Limitation page at the rear, in a blue-paper covered slipcase.
The Limitation Page states "...1000 hardcover copies & 350 copies hardbound in boards by Earle Gray which are numbered & signed by the author." However, there are also 50 DELUXE COPIES each hand numbered on the limitation page below the printing statement (e.g. 4/50). These copies can be identified by the marbled cloth spine, the slipcase, and of course the hand numbered limitation identifying it as one of 50 (or, as in this case, the earlier "Publisher's Copy").
Condition: FINE BOOK in a FINE acetate dustwrapper, together in a VERY GOOD slipcase that has some toning and foxing to the top edge, and light sunning to the edges. A lovely copy.