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Shepard, Jim. THE WORLD TO COME: STORIES. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2017. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 260 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of short stories. One of Jim Shepard's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Jim Shepard's "The World To Come". Ten stories that "ring with voices" from The Past, reverberating to this day. The latter belong to "English Arctic explorers in one of history's most nightmarish expeditions; a young contemporary American negotiating the shockingly under-reported hazards of our crude-oil trains; eighteenth-century French balloonists inventing manned flight; and two mid-nineteenth-century housewives trying to forge a connection despite their isolation on the frontier of settlement. In each case, the personal is the political as these characters face everything from the emotional pitfalls of everyday life to historic catastrophes on a global scale. Makes each of these wildly various worlds his own, and never before has he delineated anything like them so powerfully" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Jim Shepard collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (shortly after publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "Jim Shepard NYC 5/18/17". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as copies available online are. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Material of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is now collectible, and will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed, placed, and publication-year dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 1524731803. $50.00

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