Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1912. First Edition. Hardcover. Second state, duodecimo size, 184 pp. Near fine. Item #19051601
Willa Cather (1873-1947) is known for her novels of frontier life in the American Midwest, and her portrayal of humanity as something deep and sympathetic, found in the landscapes as well as the people of her books.
She was much acclaimed during her lifetime, and won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel (later the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) in 1923 for "One of Ours". "Alexander's Bridge" is Cather's debut novel, first serialised in "McClure's" magazine, receiving much acclaim at the time of its publication.
This volume is the first edition, second state, with the half-title page on page iii.
___DESCRIPTION: Full brown cloth, gilt ruled borders and lettering on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, title page with printer's device in black; duodecimo size (7.5" by 5"), pagination: [i-iv] 1-174 [175-180]. Two vintage bookseller's tickets, one from Marian Hunter's Books (Beverly Hills, California) and one from Dr. Henry Goldman Fine Books (Los Angeles, California), on the rear free and paste-down endpapers.
___CITATION: Volume is near fine overall, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; minor rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and the bottom corners, evidence to the front endpapers of a (now removed) prior owner bookplate (faint glue residue to the top of the front free endpaper) and of an old price sticker (to the bottom of the front free endpaper); even with these two minor faults to the front free endpaper, still a near fine example of Cather's debut novel.
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