Murphy. Samuel Beckett.
Murphy
Murphy

First issue wrappers, inscribed to Bill and Roslyn Targ

Murphy.

Paris: Bordas, 1947.

First French edition, first issue, one approximately 250 copies in the Bordas wrappers. 201 pp. 8vo. First issue wrappers, inscribed to Bill and Roslyn Targ. Original printed wrappers, glassine, unopened. Fine. Federman & Fletcher 145. Item #311622

Presentation copy, inscribed on the title-page, "For William & Roslyn Targ/ with all good wishes/ Samuel Beckett." Beckett's first novel, written in English and originally published in 1938. This French translation appeared 9 years later under the Bordas imprint. At the end of 1953 Les Éditions de Minuit acquired some 2750 unsold copies from Bordas, and in early 1954 they reissued them under their own wrappers.
Roslyn Targ (1925-2017), was Beckett's longtime literary agent. Her husband, William Targ (1907-1999) was editor in chief at World Publishing and then Putnam's before founding his own imprint, Targ Editions; he was also a noted bibliophile and Beckett collector. The Targs enjoyed a friendly relationship with Beckett and paid him visits during their trips to Paris, with Bill Targ introducing Beckett to Saul Bellow on one ocassion. A fine association.

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