They’re the world’s most celebrated authors. Their books have been read by millions of people throughout the world. But until now only the privileged have been able to acquire the modern masterpieces of our greatest writers in prized First Editions. And fewer still have been able to collect First Editions that have been personally signed by their world-famous authors.
That’s the unsurpassed collecting pleasure that awaits you as a Privileged Member of The Signed First Edition Society.
Each month, you’ll be able to automatically acquire a newly published First Edition—the limited first printing of a major literary work. Each volume will be luxuriously bound in premium leather. Embellished with 22 karat gold. And personally hand-signed by its acclaimed author.
Think about it. If you had belonged to the Society last year, you would have had the opportunity to acquire a Signed First Edition of Raymond Carver’s “Where I’m Calling From” … a personally signed copy of Anne Tyler’s “Breathing Lessons* . .. Robertson Davies’ “The Lyre of Orpheus,” also signed by the author.. and other modern literary classics by some of the most distinguished authors of our time—Iris Murdoch, Alison Lurie, and Nobel Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer.
The First Editions you will be offered in upcoming months will be no less important … and just as magnificent. In addition to their leather bindings and 22 karat gold ornamentation, your volumes will feature distinctive cover designs … page edges gilded with tarnish-free finish for beauty and protection … specially designed decorative endsheets … and superb illustrations commissioned exclusively for these editions. And every volume is printed on fine acid-free book paper to withstand the ravages of time.
In addition, each of your Signed First Editions will include a special foreword written by the author exclusively for Society members. This personal Foreword will provide the author’s own insights into the content, meaning and intention of the book—to enhance your reading enjoyment.
A singular opportunity to acquire the world’s most singular books.
As a Society member, you’ll receive a Signed First Edition of each book as it is published, at the approximate rate of one book each month. Each volume costs just $39.50 — a surprisingly affordable price for books of such uncompromising quality and historic value. You may cancel your membership at anytime, or remain a member for as long as you wish.
Don’t pass up this opportunity to have the world’s most honored authors sign their newest books especially for you. Join The Signed First Edition Society by returning your Membership Acceptance Certificate by March 31, 1989.
‘The New York Times Book Review noted these among its Editor’s Choice: The Best Books of 1988. The late Raymond Carver’s collection of short stories was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Anne Tyler’s Breathing Lessons was nominated for National Book Award.