- The Pastures of Heaven. New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932
Goldstone and Payne A2a
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
The author's second book. Brewer, Warren, Putnam printed 2,500 sheets of the first edition, but only 650 were actually bound up and sold (first issue, as here). Upon their bankruptcy the remaining sheets were sold to Robert Ballou and issued with his imprint on the title-page and/or spine of book and jacket in 1932. Although this collection of short stories was poorly received at the time it is now one of the scarcest and hence most sought-after of his early works.