New York: Random House, 1983. Octavo, original brown cloth lettered in gilt, original unclipped patterned dust jacket. Illustrated with wood engravings by John DePol throughout text, excerpt from Faulkner's manuscript reproduced in facsimile.
First trade edition of this early Faulkner story, preceded by a deluxe limited edition of 210 copies printed at the Red Ozier Press, and illustrated with wood engravings by John DePol. Written in the 1920s, Father Abraham introduces the Snopes family, the ascendant poor whites of Yoknapatawpha County, as the leaders of a shady wild pony auction. “Look him over, quick. Them shoulders and hocks . . . and laigs you bastard I'll tear yo' face right look 'im over quick boys yere yere goddamn wuth fifteen dollars of lemme git a holt of my whoa Whoa who'll make me a bid for God's Whoa you blare-eyed jack rabbit!" A fine copy.