Carrboro, North Carolina: Truck Press, 1976. Single volume, measuring 10.75 x 6.75 inches: . Original buff photographic wrappers printed in black and sepia, blue endleaves, title page printed in blue and black, frontispiece and section titles printed in blue, author photograph printed in sepia. Signed by Phillips on title page. With: promotional broadside, measuring 16 x 6.25 inches, printed in black on buff paper, signed by Phillips. Two stray marks to lefthand margin.
Signed first edition of West Virginia writer Jayne Anne Phillips’s Pushcart Prize-winning debut, published when she was 24 years old in an unnumbered edition of 400 copies. A collection of short prose fragments, Sweethearts unfolds in a run-down Southern landscape of great natural beauty and pervasive menace: “Six girls giggly drunk jumping out to run circles around an old Chevy at a red light. Hey wait a minute Honey, you dropped somethin. I keep dropping how things went.” Many of the pieces in Sweethearts would reappear in Black Tickets (1979), Phillips’s first story collection from a major publisher. The book is accompanied by an original broadside advertising a reading by Phillips on June 8, 1976, at the Bull’s Head Bookshop at the University of North Carolina. A near-fine signed pair.