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Vintage book LIMITED EDITION A Distant Trumpet by Paul Horgan, famous Book of the Month Club hardcover with rare dust jacket, military drama

Vintage book LIMITED EDITION A Distant Trumpet by Paul Horgan, famous Book of the Month Club hardcover with rare dust jacket, military drama

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  • Vintage item from the 1960s
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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

Paul Horgan is a name you might already know. Wikipedia puts it exactly right, right off the bat: "Paul Horgan (August 1, 1903 – March 8, 1995) was an American author of fiction and non-fiction, most of which was set in the Southwestern United States. He was the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes for History. The New York Times Review of Books said of him, in 1989: "With the exception of Wallace Stegner, no living American has so distinguished himself in both fiction and history."

Two Pulitzer Prizes for History would make him an extremely well-prepared and knowledgable person to write about what this book, A Distant Trumpet, is about. Comparing the author to Wallace Stegner is just icing on the cake.

The book at hand has an awesome dust jacket, hard to find preserved to this date since the book came out nearly 60 years ago, and this one has rips in it like you wouldn't believe, but it is hanging on, and the picture is clear as day--a beautiful illustration that encapsulates the text inside, a fine ship in the far distance, separated by miles of desert , stranded in that brown/blue mist that seems to be ocean, mud and sand altogether, a floating trumpet triumphant and hanging suspended in the air as if held by the ship, trying to reach the ship at the mouth so the ship's call can be heard blasted out to...who? what? There is no telling. In the background too there are seeming canyons reaching up out of the desert earth, crawling with it, and the haze of the sun (is it noon? no, the moon is out, waning under the title so you can just barely see that "C" in soft orbit) makes the difference between sky and ground on the horizon almost nonexistent, and meaningless in its fuzziness. "A New Major Novel by Paul Horgan" announces the cover piece, his name huge, the title huger: A Distant Trumpet.

If you aren't already pulled in by the author and his renown, already aware of him and this favorite among his many, many books, what will pull you in more as an outsider (as I was, when I came upon this treasure) is the surrealism of the cover jacket, the Dali-esque mystery of it, along with the title, that work together so perfectly to catch your attention and disrupt your line of thinking. What could it mean?

Well, you have to open the book to find out.

The story is "in substance, historical" but "in spirit" romantic, according to the publisher, and this book, especially this specific and famous Book Club Edition published in the year 1960, matches this statement exactly. "And in scale," adds the publisher, it is "heroic." The novel takes place in the late 1800s but is informed by the Civil War and its aftereffects--specifically the great move Westward in the United States across that unknown land. Our main character encountered the actual President Lincoln in his childhood, during the war, and ever since he wanted to serve his country. When he does as a young man, he is also in the throes of love and sweeps a girl named Laura off her feet, despite her mother's disapproval, and the two go to Arizona where he is stationed by commission from West Point. The "Indian Territory" looms as the great unknown, not yet fed by the Gold Rush, but feeding into the text throughout, as each character is introduced and joins in the complex group that has our protagonist, Matthew Hazard (the name should not be lost on you) at its center. There are tons of soldiers and higher ranking officers sergeants and generals that enter into the storyline, there's the Trumpeter Rainey, the wives of these men, and men like "Indian scout Joe Dummy" to keep you guessing at what will happen next, and who is the bad guy, who is the good guy, and which side of the discussions and passions each one is on. And which side you are on.

This is a complex American novel, reminiscent of other even more well-known "Great American Novels," and should not be missed. I, at least, almost missed it, and I'm so glad I did not. The love between Matthew and Laura makes for an interesting story in itself, so when you add in all the other complexities and detail, the setting and history everything is happening within, the conflicts and ideals that are put into question, it just grows to be a legend in your own mind and heart, and you realize what a powerful writer Paul Horgan truly was.

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

-Full title: A Distant Trumpet
-Author: Paul Horgan
-Format: Hardcover, dust-jacket, special Book of the Month Club edition, inscribed on front inside cover covered by jacket flap, red-inked outer pages
-Condition: The dust jacket is worn and torn but still holds on and is beautiful, and the book does the same--binding intact, no notes or marginalia, printed clean with no folded pages, almost like it was published new, but for its old, weary, great antique book cover.
-Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy New York
-Copyright: Paul Horgan 1951-1960
-Date published: 1960
-Provenance: I got this book at an antique army-navy store in Mystic Connecticut last month, October 2016.
-Pricing: I priced this book because of its dust jacket and hardcover, both hard to find especially together, though I considered the condition of the dust jacket in my pricing as well. This is also a rare Book Club Edition, so that factored in, and I compared my pricing with what few other copies of this book are available out there given the condition of mine, and its special qualities/details.
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

Paul Horgan is a name you might already know. Wikipedia puts it exactly right, right off the bat: "Paul Horgan (August 1, 1903 – March 8, 1995) was an American author of fiction and non-fiction, most of which was set in the Southwestern United States. He was the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes for History. The New York Times Review of Books said of him, in 1989: "With the exception of Wallace Stegner, no living American has so distinguished himself in both fiction and history."

Two Pulitzer Prizes for History would make him an extremely well-prepared and knowledgable person to write about what this book, A Distant Trumpet, is about. Comparing the author to Wallace Stegner is just icing on the cake.

The book at hand has an awesome dust jacket, hard to find preserved to this date since the book came out nearly 60 years ago, and this one has rips in it like you wouldn't believe, but it is hanging on, and the picture is clear as day--a beautiful illustration that encapsulates the text inside, a fine ship in the far distance, separated by miles of desert , stranded in that brown/blue mist that seems to be ocean, mud and sand altogether, a floating trumpet triumphant and hanging suspended in the air as if held by the ship, trying to reach the ship at the mouth so the ship's call can be heard blasted out to...who? what? There is no telling. In the background too there are seeming canyons reaching up out of the desert earth, crawling with it, and the haze of the sun (is it noon? no, the moon is out, waning under the title so you can just barely see that "C" in soft orbit) makes the difference between sky and ground on the horizon almost nonexistent, and meaningless in its fuzziness. "A New Major Novel by Paul Horgan" announces the cover piece, his name huge, the title huger: A Distant Trumpet.

If you aren't already pulled in by the author and his renown, already aware of him and this favorite among his many, many books, what will pull you in more as an outsider (as I was, when I came upon this treasure) is the surrealism of the cover jacket, the Dali-esque mystery of it, along with the title, that work together so perfectly to catch your attention and disrupt your line of thinking. What could it mean?

Well, you have to open the book to find out.

The story is "in substance, historical" but "in spirit" romantic, according to the publisher, and this book, especially this specific and famous Book Club Edition published in the year 1960, matches this statement exactly. "And in scale," adds the publisher, it is "heroic." The novel takes place in the late 1800s but is informed by the Civil War and its aftereffects--specifically the great move Westward in the United States across that unknown land. Our main character encountered the actual President Lincoln in his childhood, during the war, and ever since he wanted to serve his country. When he does as a young man, he is also in the throes of love and sweeps a girl named Laura off her feet, despite her mother's disapproval, and the two go to Arizona where he is stationed by commission from West Point. The "Indian Territory" looms as the great unknown, not yet fed by the Gold Rush, but feeding into the text throughout, as each character is introduced and joins in the complex group that has our protagonist, Matthew Hazard (the name should not be lost on you) at its center. There are tons of soldiers and higher ranking officers sergeants and generals that enter into the storyline, there's the Trumpeter Rainey, the wives of these men, and men like "Indian scout Joe Dummy" to keep you guessing at what will happen next, and who is the bad guy, who is the good guy, and which side of the discussions and passions each one is on. And which side you are on.

This is a complex American novel, reminiscent of other even more well-known "Great American Novels," and should not be missed. I, at least, almost missed it, and I'm so glad I did not. The love between Matthew and Laura makes for an interesting story in itself, so when you add in all the other complexities and detail, the setting and history everything is happening within, the conflicts and ideals that are put into question, it just grows to be a legend in your own mind and heart, and you realize what a powerful writer Paul Horgan truly was.

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

-Full title: A Distant Trumpet
-Author: Paul Horgan
-Format: Hardcover, dust-jacket, special Book of the Month Club edition, inscribed on front inside cover covered by jacket flap, red-inked outer pages
-Condition: The dust jacket is worn and torn but still holds on and is beautiful, and the book does the same--binding intact, no notes or marginalia, printed clean with no folded pages, almost like it was published new, but for its old, weary, great antique book cover.
-Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy New York
-Copyright: Paul Horgan 1951-1960
-Date published: 1960
-Provenance: I got this book at an antique army-navy store in Mystic Connecticut last month, October 2016.
-Pricing: I priced this book because of its dust jacket and hardcover, both hard to find especially together, though I considered the condition of the dust jacket in my pricing as well. This is also a rare Book Club Edition, so that factored in, and I compared my pricing with what few other copies of this book are available out there given the condition of mine, and its special qualities/details.

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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.
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