The Texas Arts Journal, Number One: The Manuscript Edition
Dallas: Texas Arts Journal, 1977. 109 pages. 8-3/8 by 10-7/8 inches. Contains Updike's libretto for a Grimm-inspired children's opera, The Fisherman and His Wife. Limited to 22 copies, with a page of the original typescript signed by Updike laid-in to a folder labeled with limitation details. The opera premiered at the Opera Company of Boston in 1970, with score by Gunther Schuller. ISBN: B002WAITHM.
First edition (first printing). Small snag to cover edge, thus a near fine copy; labeled folder and signed typescript page fine (page 28). A photocopied letter from Updike laid-in explains: "I talked Knopf into letting me make it a children's book in format like other opera plots...But when I settled to the task it appeared to me I should spare bookbuyer[s] and booksellers one more volume to deal with." Enclosed in publisher's slipcase with paper label stating edition details. [JSP01]