New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, Inc., 1935. First edition. Octavo. Original blue cloth over silver boards with blue airplane stamped on the front board, silver top-stain. Number 133 of 310 signed limited copies, with the signed limitation page in the rear. A Near Fine copy of the book with the spine faded, minor rubbing to silver boards and a previous owner's stamp on the half-title, otherwise appearing clean and unread. Lacking the publisher's cardboard slipcase.
"While most critics consider Pylon to be Faulkner's most flawed novel ("unnecessary horror and violence," "unintelligible descriptive passages," an "inconceivable climax"), Faulkner himself is reported to consider it the best of his works to be adapted to screen" (University of Michigan). It was an admitted departure for the author, as it was one of his few works to be set outside the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, instead unfolding in a thinly disguised New Orleans (here called New Valois). There, a nameless reporter covers the story of a group of flyers on the circuit. "In Pylon Faulkner sets out to test their rootless modernity to see if there is any place in it for the old values of the human heart that are the central concerns of his best fiction" (Random House). Near Fine (Item #5274)