An American Tragedy (2 volumes)
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Boni and Liveright
Date Published: 1925
Edition: First trade edition
Book Id: 39995
431; 409pp. Duodecimo [19 cm] Black cloth over boards with faded gilt lettering on the spines, and the author's monograph in gilt ovals on the front covers. Good plus. The spine and covers are moderately rubbed, bumped and faded, and the spines are just a little rolled. There is light foxing on the text block edges. The front hinges are a bit shaky, the text block of volume 1 is cracked a couple of times, and the text block of volume 2 is cracked at p. 231. Pencil notations on the front free endsheets. From the collection of Berkeley book collector and letter press printer, John Ruyle, with his bookplate on the front pastedowns. McDonald, 18A.
A first edition of Dreiser's novel based on the murder of a young woman by a factory worker which took place in upstate New York in 1906, on Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks.