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Faulkner William The Wild Palms

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

William Faulkner’s novel The Wild Palms intermingles pain and suffering with a parallel set of stories but “never the twain shall meet.”  The unconventional work contains two stories which alternate through the chapters of the two titled “Wild Palms” and “Old Man”. The novel was later published under the title of If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem.  Both tales pit loving couples who face substantial obstacles in their pursuit of happiness each presented with moral decisions. First editions number 250 and were published in 1939 by Random House (New York) as signed limited editions without dust jackets. An early copy in good condition has sold at auction for $2250, but is accessible at $800. The first English edition published by Chatto and Windus in 1939 (London) is has sold in the $400 range.

We collected a sample of 23 auction results of Faulkner, William's The Wild Palms from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $18 and the highest overall price realized was $2280. The overall average price was $847 and the median price realized for the book was $875. There were 8 auctions (40%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 5 auctions (25%) exceeding the high estimates, and 7 auctions (35%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a PBA sale on May 22, 2014 of a 1939 - Random House edition for $2280 that one of 250 copies signed by author; a Swann sale on October 01, 2009 of a 1939 edition for $2280 that first issue; a PBA sale on January 29, 2004 of a 1939 - Random House edition for $2040 that one of 250 copies signed by author;

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
PBA October 5, 2017 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $300-$500 $192 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams September 25, 2016 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 - $18 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann May 18, 2016 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $1000-$1500 $1063 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann May 18, 2016 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $800-$1200 $875 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 10, 2015 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $600-$900 $1625 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 10, 2015 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $1000-$1500 $688 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA September 11, 2014 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $300-$500 $450 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA May 22, 2014 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $2000-$3000 $2280 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 13, 2012 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $300-$500 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 11, 2012 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $400-$600 $270 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA August 30, 2012 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $500-$800 $300 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 16, 2012 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 - $625 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA December 1, 2011 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $1000-$1500 $960 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 24, 2011 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $500-$800 $360 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann October 1, 2009 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York 1939 $1200-$1800 $2280 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA June 18, 2009 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $200-$300 $144 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 17, 2008 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms London Chatto and Windus 1939 - $480 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA January 26, 2006 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $1000-$1500 $1080 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann April 14, 2005 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York 1939 $700-$1000 $1093 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA January 29, 2004 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $2000-$3000 $2040 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 29, 2004 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York Random House 1939 $600-$900 $1080 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann October 24, 2002 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York 1939 $300-$400 $431 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann October 18, 2001 Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms New York 1939 $800-$1200 $978 Swann Copies for Sale