Boston: Houghton MIfflin Company, 1937-1938. Limited Edition. 3/4 Leather.
12 Volume limited edition set of the Autograph Edition of The Novels and Stories of Willa Cather published 1937-1938. 975 sets of this edition were printed from type at the Riverside Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, of which 950 signed and numbered copies were for sale. This copy is number 56. It has been signed by the author on the limitation page of Volume One. A 13th Volume (Sapphira and the Slave Girl) was published in 1941 as the last in the series and is not included here.
Willa Cather (1873-1947) spent her formative years in Nebraska (1883-1896) and much of her work is inspired by the dramatic weather, environment and lives of immigrants and natives on the American frontier of her youth. She received the Pulitzer Prize for her WWI novel One of Ours.
Works included in this collection:
I - O Pioneers!
II - The Song of the Lark
III - Alexander's Bridge & April Twilights
IV - My Antonia
V - One of Ours
VI - Youth and the Bright Medusa
VII - A Lost Lady
VIII - The Professor's House
IX - Death Comes for the Archbishop
X - Shadows on the Rock
XI - Lucy Gayheart & My Mortal Enemy
XII - Obscure Destinies & Literary EncountersItem #900331
Octavo, bound in 3/4 crushed maroon morocco over pink cloth, edged in gilt, four spine bands with gilt lettering and decoration each volume, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, each with ribbon bookmark, frontis. portraits or facsimile pages each volume.
Irregular sheen of glue residue from bookplate that has been removed from first paste-down endpaper of Volume I (see photograph), some edgewear to leather at bands, corners and joints (especially volume XII), a clean and tight set, internally crisp, a very good and pleasing collection of a great American female author of the early 20th century.