FIRST EDITIONS, PRESENTATION COPIES FROM GREENE TO HIS GOOD FRIEND JOHN CARTER. Both books are inscribed: “For John with love from Graham”.
John Carter (1905-1975), the respected author, book-seller, and one of the most respected bibliophiles off the era, was a close personal friend of Greene’s.
The Honorary Consul, Greene’s Argentinian thriller and one of his favorite books, is inscribed on the front free endpaper; Travels with my Aunt, one of Greene’s most enduring works (the novel has been adapted for both the stage and the screen) is inscribed on the title page. Travels with my Aunt also has John Carter’s bookplate on the front pastedown and a note (presumably by Carter) in pencil “received November 1969”.
Provenance: Christie’s 27 October 1995, lot 60, The Library of Mrs. Charles W. Engelhard; Sotheby’s London, 24 March 1976, lot 326.
Travels with my Aunt: London: The Bodley Head, 1969. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. Book fine, dust jacket with a little toning to spine and extremities. The Honorary Consul: London: The Bodley Head, 1973. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. Book fine, dust jacket with thin abrasion on front panel. Both books housed in custom green half morocco boxes and chemises.
FINE ASSOCIATION COPIES WITH A STRONG PROVENANCE.
Price: $6,500 .