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12 Aug 2016 at 9:39 am #8493
Authenticity question for the CM society: What is your feeling about this signature on my copy of No Country for Old Men?
I bought it last year for $500 off a reputable dealer. That doesn’t mean much in the end, I know this–but still, what is your feeling on this signature? Looking at style and location, could you say that with 75-95% certainty that this is most likely a legit autograph?
I have read the anecdote where the publisher sent 1000 pages for McCarthy to sign for this book, and they ended up being tipped-in (sewn into binding). I feel that location of this signature shows that, in that it is slightly off center, towards end of page. Maybe per instructions to sign the blank pages slightly off center as to not run the risk of having it too close to binding? Also, I have blown up my copy with a very good camera, and compared it to the other numbered versions, and it seems as close as one can get to an organic signature.
I know there is a voluminous amount of McCarthy knowledge here on this site, so I ask, “what is your opinion on this?”
Thanks, love this site.
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Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.12 Aug 2016 at 12:26 pm #8497
Let me start off by stating that I AM NOT AN EXPERT IN BOOK COLLECTING; THERE ARE QUITE A FEW OTHER FREQUENT POSTERS IN THIS FORUM WHO ARE MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE; and, THE FOLLOWING IS MERELY MY OPINION, WHICH COULD BE WRONG.
Let me see if I understand you correctly. Your copy is one that has the signature on the special tipped-in page? Then the mere existence of that page itself is proof the signature is authentic. The unsigned regular edition does not contain this extra page.
Your copy is a numbered edition? I am not aware of a numbered Knopf edition, so perhaps others might inform me here. I am aware only of a Trice edition that is numbered.
KenQuote13 Aug 2016 at 5:29 am #8498
Thanks for the informative reply.
I’m an idiot. Didn’t realize the tipped-in page would be an additional page. Just seeing that now. I erroneously assumed the tipped-in page would replace the primary blank page at the beginning of a book; and I didn’t paid close enough attention to the page count in my copy. Only seeing the two blank pages now, is almost akin to being hit over the head.
So yes, I have two blank pages at the front of my book, with one blank page harbouring the signature. I had always felt confident that I had a legit copy, but I didn’t think there was a way I could prove it. Now I can say with 99% certainty that my copy is legit. Why only 99%? Because who knows, soemone could have scanned the the autograph, used an autopen, and then finally with great care, sewn the page into an existing NCFOM copy (after unbinding book to get access) haha.
Forgive my original post. It was a bit confusing. My copy is a Knopf, and no, it’s not numbered. I only included that phrase in the original post as to explain what I was comparing my signature to (one of the verified, legit autograph from the numbered editions). In that sense, I was explaining how my autograph seemed to match up perfectly with what is accepted as a true McCarthy autograph.
Thanks Ken, you’ve erased any quiet doubt that I may have had in the back on my mind regarding this autograph.
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