Of Time and The River. A Legend of Man’s Hunger in his Youth - Inscribed - Thomas Wolfe 1935 - Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York - First Edition, First Issue Inscribed to architect, editor and author Henry H. Taylor ‘Sincerely, with friendship Tom Wolfe - March 1, 1935’. One week before the publication date of March 8th.

‘Autobiographical in content,
Of Time and the River is a continuation of Wolfe's first novel, Look Homeward, Angel (1929), in which he portrayed his coming of age through the character of Eugene Gant. In Of Time and the River, Gant, now an aspiring writer, leaves his home in a small southern town and embarks on a pilgrimage to find the source of his creative inspiration and the true meaning of American life.’ – Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (Vo.61)

Berg, in his magnificent book ‘
Max Perkins: Editor of Genius’ describes the night of December 14th, 1933 when Wolfe presented the manuscript for Of Time and The River, which was over one million words long - ‘at about half-past eleven, Wolfe arrived customarily late for his appointment with Perkins… [and] unloaded a heavy bundle on his editor’s desk. It was wrapped in brown paper, twice tied with string, and stood two feet high. Perkins opened it and found it packed with typescript — more than 3000 rough-draft pages, the first part of the novel. The sheets, all different kinds of paper, were not consecutively numbered, since the sections had not been consecutively written… ‘You have often said that if I ever gave you something that you could get your hands on and weigh in its entirety from beginning to end, you could pitch in and help me to get out of the woods,’ Wolfe wrote Perkins the following day. ‘Well now here is your chance… I don’t envy you the job before you”’
  First edition, first issue with the Scribner’s ‘A’ and no statement of further printings on copyright page, and issue point; page 466, 2 lines up ‘me’ for ‘Eugene’.

Provenance: Henry H. Saylor (1880-1967), Architect, Editor and Author who studied architecture at M.I.T., and became editor of Architectural Review in 1904. In his long career with architectural publications, he was editor of
Country Life in America, House & Garden, and the Journal of the American Institute of Architects; he also wrote numerous books on architecture for the general public. He was the author of publications for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), including the Dictionary of Architecture (1952) and The AIA's First Hundred Years (1957); he was the 1954 recipient of the AIA's Edward C. Kemper Award for distinguished service”’ (U.S. Commission of Fine Arts)

Reference: Berg,
Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, 235. Johnston A3 I a.

Octavo (Book Size 21.7 x 15.6 cm) pp. [12] 912 [4]. Publisher’s black cloth blocked, spine and front board blocked in gilt and green and lettered in gilt, top edge trimmed others untrimmed, final fold yet to be opened. Dust jacket priced at $3.00 to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket, with light wear to spine ends, corners and lower edges.   Ref: 109399   Price: HK$ 31,000