New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925. First trade edition. Hardcover. SIGNED. 283pp. Octavo [20 cm] Orange cloth boards with blue cloth spine. Publisher's orange top stain. No dust jacket. The front board has several small ink stains, and it appears as though someone has subtly tried to rub them out. The spine is rolled, the cloth backstrip is foxed, and the title has faded. The front hinge is a bit soft, and there is a bookseller's ticket on the front free endpaper. Overall, the book is very sturdy. JoAnna Lathrop, Willa Cather: A Checklist of Her Published Writing, p. 100. Good +. Item #53567
A novel in which a 52-year-old Midwestern small-town professor gradually becomes disinterested with life, and one in which the house itself plays a key symbolic role, reflecting the character of its protagonist. Cather describes the house at the opening of the novel, as "almost as ugly as it is possible for a house to be." This is a later novel from the author which magnificently crystallizes the prominent themes seen in her earlier works, such as the endurance and acceptance of suffering. Signed trade editions are scarce. This copy is signed by Willa Cather on the title page.