London: Faber and Faber, mcmxxxvi . First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression of the author's second book (after The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze), a collection of 42 short stories. Crown 8vo (187 x 117mm): 357,pp. Publisher's finely woven grey cloth, spine ruled and lettered in scarlet, top edge stained scarlet, bottom edge rough-trimmed; striking dust jacket illustrated by Barnett Freedman and priced 7s / 6d. Neat gift inscription to front fly leaf, slight spotting to page edges, else a tightly bound copy, clean throughout. Yet another example of the value to be found in the graphically superior designs of most British editions of American authors's works. Near Fine+ / Fine-. Item #BB1766
The collection's penultimate story, "The Armenian and the Armenian," contains one of Saroyan's most famous passages—about the survival of the Armenian people after the genocide of 1915. “I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people . . . Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” In a note for the second edition, Saroyan called the story his favorite. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).