Having collected Patricia Highsmith in first edition for well over five years – and having read her for a lot longer; she's one of my favourite writers – in August 2013 I finally completed my collection of Heinemann firsts of her novels, with the 1958 Heinemann edition of Deep Water. And since I also own British first editions of her final few novels (published by Bloomsbury in the UK), and it's unlikely I'll get my hands on British first editions of her initial few novels anytime soon* (Strangers on a Train, The Blunderer and The Talented Mr. Ripley, all of which were published by Cresset Press in the UK, and all of which are quite pricey in first; I'll have to make do with my Corgi and Pan paperbacks for the foreseeable future), I figured the time was right to establish Existential Ennui's second permanent page: the Patricia Highsmith First Edition Book Cover Gallery.
As with Existential Ennui's other extant permanent page, Beautiful British Book Jacket Design of the 1950s and 1960s, all the images herein are of my actual books, not pilfered off the web (which I must admit I was partially guilty of when I assembled these two incomplete first edition galleries back in 2010; rest assured I've since mended my ways). All books are first impressions as well as first editions, but I've also included some uncorrected proofs and other intriguing items under "Patriciaphernalia" down the bottom of the page. Each title is linked to whatever I might have written about each book (if anything), and there's info on UK publication date and dust jacket designer (if known). I'll update the page if and when I acquire further Highsmith firsts – short story collections, I expect (I only own a couple of those at present), rather than those pricey early novels. Never say never though...
* In fact I did get my hands on firsts of The Blunderer and The Talented Mr. Ripley; see below.
For more on the background to the gallery, click here.
As with the Beautiful British Book Jacket Design of the 1950s and 1960s and British Book Cover Design of the 1970s and 1980s galleries, please link back to this page if you decide to 'borrow' any images from it.
The Blunderer (Cresset Press, 1956); dust jacket uncredited
Deep Water (Heinemann, 1958); dust jacket design by Stein
A Game for the Living (Heinmann, 1959); dust jacket design by Stein
This Sweet Sickness (Heinemann, 1961); dust jacket design by Jack Whitsett
The Cry of the Owl (Heinemann, 1963); dust jacket design by John Bance
The Two Faces of January (Heinemann, 1964); dust jacket design by John Bance
The Glass Cell (Heinemann, 1965); dust jacket design by Mon Mohan
A Suspension of Mercy (Heinemann, 1965); dust jacket design by Tom Simmonds
Those Who Walk Away (Heinemann, 1967); dust jacket photograph by Bruce Pinkard
The Tremor of Forgery (Heinemann, 1969); dust jacket design by Michael Dempsey
Eleven (Heinemann, 1970); dust jacket uncredited, back cover photo by Jerry Bauer
Ripley Under Ground (Heinemann, 1971); dust jacket illustration by Mon Mohan
A Dog's Ransom (Heinemann, 1972); dust jacket uncredited
Ripley's Game (Heinemann, 1974); dust jacket photography by Graham Miller
Edith's Diary (Heinemann, 1977); dust jacket uncredited
Little Tales of Misogyny (Heinemann, 1977); dust jacket uncredited
The Boy Who Followed Ripley (Heinemann, 1980); dust jacket photography by Bill Richmond
The Black House (Heinemann, 1981); dust jacket uncredited
People Who Knock on the Door (Heinemann, 1983); dust jacket design uncredited
Found in the Street (Heinemann, 1986); dust jacket design by Peter Dyer
Tales of Natural and Unnatural Catastrophes (Bloomsbury, 1987); dust jacket design by Newell and Sorrell, illustration by Kurt Hoyte
Carol (Bloomsbury, 1990); dust jacket design by the Senate, painting (L'Abandon, les deaux amies) by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, author photograph by Sophie Bassouls
Ripley Under Water and signed association copy thereof (both Bloomsbury, 1991); dust jacket illustration by Eslpeth Ross
Small g: a Summer Idyll (Bloomsbury, 1995); dust jacket illustration by David Remfry; dust jacket design by Sarah Maxey
The Tremor of Forgery (Heinemann uncorrected proof, 1969)
Ripley Under Ground (signed and inscribed copy, Doubleday Book Club edition, 1970; dust jacket design by Alex Gotfryd) and The Boy Who Followed Ripley (signed, inscribed association copy, Lippincott & Crowell, 1980; dust jacket design by Pat Voehl)
Ripley Under Ground (Heinemann uncorrected proof, 1971)
The Blunderer (Heinemann edition, second impression, 1971)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (Heinemann edition, second impression, 1973)
The Man Who Wrote Books in His Head and Other Stories (Eurographica, 1986)
Ripley's Game (Heinemann edition, Uniform Edition reissue, 1989)
Carol (Bloomsbury uncorrected proof, 1990)
Ripley Under Water (London Limited Editions/Bloomsbury, 1991)