Perhaps a fan sent her the book to inscribe and being unable to decipher the persons handwriting Jackson penned the aforementioned inscription. Condition: very good plus in a very good dust jacket. The book is free from any previous owners inscriptions; the boards are clean; the page block edges are clean. Slight fading of the yellow colour to a small area at the top of the spine. The dust jacket is not price clipped, has a few short tears, and small area of loss to the top of the spine.Otherwise in very good condition. Signed copies are exceptionally scarce due to the reclusiveness of Shirley Jackson which was fuelled by her husband (we recommend Ruth Franklinss biography Shirley Jackson A Rather Haunted Life for an interesting read). Consequently, signed first printing copies would fetch several thousand at auctions.
Our price represents fair value factoring in that this is a second printing. It is also noteworthy that the second print run was commissioned before publication raising the question why the publisher has not commissioned a larger first printing to begin with. Shirley died in 1965 at the young age of 48.
The Haunting of Hill House is considered one of the best ghost stories ever written. Her work has had a huge influence on the likes of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Richard Matheson , terrific writers in their own right. Please check out our collectable books on offer, including a plethora of signed first edition Stephen King books; thank you!
The item "Shirley Jackson (1959)'The Haunting of Hill House', signed first edition 1/2" is in sale since Thursday, April 06, 2017. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "firstandfine" and is located in Birmingham. This item can be shipped to all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Mexico.