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SOLO FACES - PUBLISHER'S LONG GALLEYS, INSCRIBED by  James Salter - Signed First Edition - 1979 - from Captain Ahab's Rare Books (SKU: 4720)


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by Salter, James

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Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1979. First Edition. Galley's for Salter's fifth novel, which originated as a screenplay he wrote for Robert Redford in 1976. The mountain climbing piece, based on the exploits of maverick American climber Gary Hemming, was one Salter spent over a year researching. "He took up climbing, scaling rock walls, bivouacking on ledges, in the Rockies and the Alps, with Royal Robbins and others. When he turned in the script to Redford, he felt it was his best. "I'll be crushingly disapponted if it's not cherished," he wrote in a letter to a friend. But Redford thought that the hero was too taciturn for the screen. A friend, Robert Ginna, then the editor-in-chief at Little, Brown, suggested that Salter turn it into a novel, which Ginna published, in 1979. Solo Faces met with modest success, and is highly regarded by alpinists for its authentic depiction of climbing" (Paumgarten, Nick. "The Last Book." The New Yorker, April 15, 2013). The galley's bear a handful of textual changes from the published version on pp.10, 13-14, and 83-84. Rita, the recipient of the inscription, is the publisher at Raven Editions, who produced Salter's Bangkok (2004), along with works by Raymond Carver, Andre Dubus, Richard Ford, and others. An exceedingly uncommon format, seldom found for any of Salter's early books. Publisher's unbound long galley sheets (19cm x 61cm), folded in half, with "DUPLICATE GALLEYS / NOV 29 1978" rubber-stamped on verso of terminal leaf, and holograph notations "For your files" and "Salter" in red pencil and blue ink above same ; 84 leaves. Inscribed by the author to fine press publisher Kevin Rita (Raven Editions): "To Kevin / Admiration, Amitié / James Salter." Light wear and handling, a few tiny tears and attendant creases to upper and lower text edges, with some subtle toning and faint, scattered staining along upper edge of terminal leaves; final leaf a bit tattered (but still holding) along center fold, with some loss to paper, but with no loss to text; Very Good+. Housed in a custom clamshell case and chemise.


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Founded in 2010, Captain Ahab's Rare Books specializes in first editions of literature, genre fiction, film-related books and ephemera, zines, manuscript and archival material.


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