Lot 94 of 202:
Brautigan, Edna Webster Collection 3 editions  

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Lot closed - Sold For:$120
Estimate:
$200 - $300

Title:
The Edna Webster Collection of Undiscovered Writings - three editions, including a signed limited small press copy
Author:
Brautigan, Richard
Place:
Various places
Publisher:
Date:
Various dates
Description:

Includes:

  • Quarter maroon cloth and marbled boards. Introduction by Keith Abbot. Signed by Keith Abbot. No. 2 of 65 signed and numbered copies from a total of 75. First Edition. Berkeley & Forest Knolls: Burton Weiss & James Musser, 1999. 
  • Pictorial wrappers. First Trade Edition. [Boston/New York]: Houghton Mifflin, [1999].
  • Page proofs printed on recto only, in original mailing envelope to Burton Weiss. Also an earlier mailing from the publisher to Weiss of 10 sample pages for "evaluating design style only," with a cover letter from Sean Lawyer of Houghton Mifflin, in original mailing envelope. Also included is a Houghton Mifflin Company catalog (Spring 1999) with a full page marketing description of the book. [Boston/New York]: Houghton Mifflin, [1999].

The contents of this collection were given by Brautigan to Edna Webster over a period of time between 1955 and 1956, when he left Eugene, Oregon for San Francisco. 

Webster was Brautigan's confidant and surrogate mother. Her son Peter was Brautigan's best friend and her daughter Linda was his first girlfriend. Several of the writings in this collection were dedicated to Linda and/or Edna. In November 1955, perhaps fearing his parent's efforts to force him into psychiatric care, and seeking safe keeping for his writing, Brautigan wrote and signed a note granting Webster exclusive ownership of his writings. Webster sold the materials in October 1992 to James Musser and Burton Weiss, both rare book dealers who went on to publish them in book form.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
General wear to large mailing envelope; contents fine.
 
Item number:
306967
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