Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1956. First edition. Hardcover. 206pp. Octavo [21 cm] Light sea green paper covered boards and a yellow ink stamped title on the spine. Very good. The extremities are very gently bumped, rubbed and faded. The underlying boards are just barely peeking through at the foot of the spine, and the bottom right corner of the front cover. The free endsheets have multiple large, but light foxed stains. In a good dust jacket. Mildly rubbed, age-toned and creased. The bottom quarter of the rear panel is barely perceptibly damp stained. The bottom edges of the inside flaps have thin light moisture stains. The front panel has a very small light stain, along with a thin, 1 inch long stain. There are a couple of small closed tears in the top edge that have been backed with tape. The longest closed tear is in the paper at the head of the spine, and measures 3/4 of an inch long. The edges are also a bit chipped. Minor foxing on the internal, non-visible side. Despite these flaws, the jacket is still quite attractive. Price-clipped. Item #32182
Colberg #A14.1.a. Wallace Stegner won the National Book Award for Fiction for The Spectator Bird.