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SOLD - Vintage book RARE First Edition Truman Capote's The Thanksgiving Visitor & A Christmas Memory, 1967 in folio case, limited release

SOLD - Vintage book RARE First Edition Truman Capote's The Thanksgiving Visitor & A Christmas Memory, 1967 in folio case, limited release

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There is no other book like this one.

Truman Capote! Who knew? I didn't! What I mean is, I associate the man with In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's, and I had no idea he had written these two works. I knew he was a short story writer for most of his life and in the beginning of his successful career, but these two were unknown to me. Immediately the words Thanksgiving and Christmas stood out to me when I saw this work, but when I focused on the author's name I was nearly blown away! This wasn't in a section where I thought I would find him, in this bookshop.

Instantly I had to know more. What were these works about, aside from their obvious holidays? Were they dark family memories, light happenings between lovers, something of a mix, something else entirely? What was the meaning of the picture on cover, or in this case on the folio cover, a box so rarely preserved and the photo pasted on with an almost loving care that you can kind of see, or is that just me? Nostalgia. The word stood out to me in the way that I felt it rather than read it -- as I slipped the book from its case, opened to the title page with the titles, "The Thanksgiving Visitor" and "A Christmas Memory" (equally mysterious), the photo on the front and the fact this was all a product of THE Truman Capote and would have something to do with his life, could be nonfiction or fiction, could be anything really, all that settled in on me and I just felt it: nostalgia. Whether this was his nostalgia or the nostalgia of the holidays themselves or both, or neither and something else, I couldn't say.

But to my lucky surprise, the writings WERE nostalgic, in all senses of the word, and I wasn't far off in the feelings the book I had found had given me right from the start.

The Thanksgiving Visitor begins the special book you have in your hands, or, I do in mine until you buy it, with "Talk about mean! Odd Henderson was the meanest human creature in my experience. And I'm speaking of a twelve-year-old boy, not some grownup who has had the time to ripen a naturally evil disposition. A least, Odd was twelve in 1932, when we were both second-graders attending a small-town school in rural Alabama."

You feel like you know this odd boy named Odd, and the boisterous narrator speaking introducing him, just after the first paragraph, and yet you don't of course--you need more information, and so you read on hungrily. I won't give away what you will read from there, but trust me when I say it is something you won't associate with Thanksgiving at first, and long after you will think of it as something not Thanksgiving-y at all, but its own lone sort of story set apart even from the other that couples it in this book. Thanksgiving likely means a lot of things to you, and none of them make up this story, really. But that is the magic of Truman Capote -- he takes that holiday and rips it out from under your feet and make it his, the setting of his strange world and the character you have no idea what to expect from. He certainly does it in this story until the very last page.

Then you turn the page and you're at another beginning page, this time in the middle of the book, and you start all over again. The second story though, wow. It has one of my favorite sentences in all of English literature, and that is saying something. I can't believe I even wrote that out myself, but it is undeniably true, this is one of my favorite sentences and I think of it all the time:

"They call him Haha because he's so gloomy, a man who never laughs."

I don't know maybe I'm alone here, but that stayed with me from the moment I read it. The rest of the story does too, like a real memory he is telling you, and maybe it is. From my research both stories are known to be "largely autobiographical," but I didn't know that going into it. Still, the way Capote writes it is so personal, you can't help thinking the entire time that he is sitting there across from you and telling it himself, of himself, of something that really happened.

It took all of my strength not to look up whether or not this was in fact a nonfiction story, and then I failed and looked it up anyway, and found out some other cool things too--so I guess I'm glad I broke.

The two stories are fiction very much influenced by truth, is how I would say it, with characters based directly on people in Capote's life, for instance. What I found that was even more interesting, however, is that The Thanksgiving Visitor is supposed to be a sequel to A Christmas Memory, which is the more famous of the two stories.

If that's the case, they are in the wrong order. The Thanksgiving Visitor comes first in this edition. The choice for this makes sense logically given the order of the holidays, but still I find it weird for a publisher to do, and it makes the stories even more compelling and intriguing to me, mysterious, that reading this copy you are reading the second story before the other. You also don't necessarily know until the second story that the stories are connected at all, let alone that they involve the same characters or what order they are in, so really you go in blind. What is their connection? Why are they in this book together? They could just be two holiday-themed stories, right?

Wrong. Truman Capote would never do something so simple as that.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Thanksgiving Visitor, A Christmas Memory
-Author: Truman Capote
-Designer and typography: George Salter
-Format: Hardcover, First Edition, red cover with orange binding, faded paste-down photograph on orange/brown folio slipcase
-Condition: The slipcase is faded and shows its age but the book could be brand spanking new!
-Publisher: Random House New York
-Copyright: 1967 Truman Capote and 1956 Truman Capote
-Date published: 1967
-Provenance: I found this in a magical bookstore with a full section of strictly folio-encased books! I saw the words "Thanksgiving" and "Christmas" and knew I had to have it in the spirit of the season -- little did I know it was written by THE Truman Capote!
-Pricing: I priced this book this way because of its rarity and its being a first edition. Also, any book with a preserved folio case is rare and valuable, so I took that into account as well, in addition to its absolutely pristine condition! Plus, because the author is so famous and both were made into movies as many of his works were, I had to adjust the price accordingly. Currently there are non-first-editions out there but they don't carry that history of THE first edition, you know? This one does. In comparison, the other first editions I was able to find out there come with just one stock photo, not showing or describing the condition of the work, so I wouldn't recommend buying from them, and I took that into account in my price of course. You are truly getting something special with this book, and that is reflected in the price as always :)
There is no other book like this one.

Truman Capote! Who knew? I didn't! What I mean is, I associate the man with In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's, and I had no idea he had written these two works. I knew he was a short story writer for most of his life and in the beginning of his successful career, but these two were unknown to me. Immediately the words Thanksgiving and Christmas stood out to me when I saw this work, but when I focused on the author's name I was nearly blown away! This wasn't in a section where I thought I would find him, in this bookshop.

Instantly I had to know more. What were these works about, aside from their obvious holidays? Were they dark family memories, light happenings between lovers, something of a mix, something else entirely? What was the meaning of the picture on cover, or in this case on the folio cover, a box so rarely preserved and the photo pasted on with an almost loving care that you can kind of see, or is that just me? Nostalgia. The word stood out to me in the way that I felt it rather than read it -- as I slipped the book from its case, opened to the title page with the titles, "The Thanksgiving Visitor" and "A Christmas Memory" (equally mysterious), the photo on the front and the fact this was all a product of THE Truman Capote and would have something to do with his life, could be nonfiction or fiction, could be anything really, all that settled in on me and I just felt it: nostalgia. Whether this was his nostalgia or the nostalgia of the holidays themselves or both, or neither and something else, I couldn't say.

But to my lucky surprise, the writings WERE nostalgic, in all senses of the word, and I wasn't far off in the feelings the book I had found had given me right from the start.

The Thanksgiving Visitor begins the special book you have in your hands, or, I do in mine until you buy it, with "Talk about mean! Odd Henderson was the meanest human creature in my experience. And I'm speaking of a twelve-year-old boy, not some grownup who has had the time to ripen a naturally evil disposition. A least, Odd was twelve in 1932, when we were both second-graders attending a small-town school in rural Alabama."

You feel like you know this odd boy named Odd, and the boisterous narrator speaking introducing him, just after the first paragraph, and yet you don't of course--you need more information, and so you read on hungrily. I won't give away what you will read from there, but trust me when I say it is something you won't associate with Thanksgiving at first, and long after you will think of it as something not Thanksgiving-y at all, but its own lone sort of story set apart even from the other that couples it in this book. Thanksgiving likely means a lot of things to you, and none of them make up this story, really. But that is the magic of Truman Capote -- he takes that holiday and rips it out from under your feet and make it his, the setting of his strange world and the character you have no idea what to expect from. He certainly does it in this story until the very last page.

Then you turn the page and you're at another beginning page, this time in the middle of the book, and you start all over again. The second story though, wow. It has one of my favorite sentences in all of English literature, and that is saying something. I can't believe I even wrote that out myself, but it is undeniably true, this is one of my favorite sentences and I think of it all the time:

"They call him Haha because he's so gloomy, a man who never laughs."

I don't know maybe I'm alone here, but that stayed with me from the moment I read it. The rest of the story does too, like a real memory he is telling you, and maybe it is. From my research both stories are known to be "largely autobiographical," but I didn't know that going into it. Still, the way Capote writes it is so personal, you can't help thinking the entire time that he is sitting there across from you and telling it himself, of himself, of something that really happened.

It took all of my strength not to look up whether or not this was in fact a nonfiction story, and then I failed and looked it up anyway, and found out some other cool things too--so I guess I'm glad I broke.

The two stories are fiction very much influenced by truth, is how I would say it, with characters based directly on people in Capote's life, for instance. What I found that was even more interesting, however, is that The Thanksgiving Visitor is supposed to be a sequel to A Christmas Memory, which is the more famous of the two stories.

If that's the case, they are in the wrong order. The Thanksgiving Visitor comes first in this edition. The choice for this makes sense logically given the order of the holidays, but still I find it weird for a publisher to do, and it makes the stories even more compelling and intriguing to me, mysterious, that reading this copy you are reading the second story before the other. You also don't necessarily know until the second story that the stories are connected at all, let alone that they involve the same characters or what order they are in, so really you go in blind. What is their connection? Why are they in this book together? They could just be two holiday-themed stories, right?

Wrong. Truman Capote would never do something so simple as that.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Thanksgiving Visitor, A Christmas Memory
-Author: Truman Capote
-Designer and typography: George Salter
-Format: Hardcover, First Edition, red cover with orange binding, faded paste-down photograph on orange/brown folio slipcase
-Condition: The slipcase is faded and shows its age but the book could be brand spanking new!
-Publisher: Random House New York
-Copyright: 1967 Truman Capote and 1956 Truman Capote
-Date published: 1967
-Provenance: I found this in a magical bookstore with a full section of strictly folio-encased books! I saw the words "Thanksgiving" and "Christmas" and knew I had to have it in the spirit of the season -- little did I know it was written by THE Truman Capote!
-Pricing: I priced this book this way because of its rarity and its being a first edition. Also, any book with a preserved folio case is rare and valuable, so I took that into account as well, in addition to its absolutely pristine condition! Plus, because the author is so famous and both were made into movies as many of his works were, I had to adjust the price accordingly. Currently there are non-first-editions out there but they don't carry that history of THE first edition, you know? This one does. In comparison, the other first editions I was able to find out there come with just one stock photo, not showing or describing the condition of the work, so I wouldn't recommend buying from them, and I took that into account in my price of course. You are truly getting something special with this book, and that is reflected in the price as always :)

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

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