My Antonia. With Illustrations by W. T. Benda.

My Antonia. With Illustrations by W. T. Benda.
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Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1918. 8vo, xiii, [xiv], 3-418, [419]pp. With 8 plates on coated paper. Original brown cloth lettered in orange. Front hinge with minimal cracking, a fine copy in a brown quarter morocco slipcase, bookplate of Joseph Fisher Loewi. First Edition, first printing (with the date 1918 on the front of the title leaf and “Published October 1918 on the verso), first state (with the illustrations on coated paper, rather than on text paper). Cather’s second novel about frontier life in Nebraska, following “O Pioneers!” (1913). Crane A9a.1. Note: “Crane quotes a letter WC wrote to explain the lack of a page 1-2. When she sent her Introduction to the publisher, she stipulated, then, that the text must begin immediately after the Introduction -- in other words, no divisional half-title (such as "Book I: The Shimerdas"). The publisher had already allowed for such a leaf, so that divisional half-title was removed to accommodate her request. I don't think your leaf with pages 3-4 is a cancel per se; it's just that the leaf immediately before it was removed before publication.” (Sumner and Stillman). (Item Id: 107921)

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