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Fiction Friday


Summer is beginning to wane...although the heat and humidity is trying to tell me otherwise.

How about a little fiction from Cather, Hilton, and Maine's own Kenneth Roberts? 

Is it too early to mention gifts for the holidays?

Stay safe,



Cather, Willa Sibert.
My Antonia.
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1918.
Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. xiii [i], 418 [419] pp. 8vo. Brown cloth boards with warm orange titling to cover and spine. Slight sunning to spine, general wear overall, bumping to corners including harder compression bump to the front boards lower right corner, minor fraying to head and foot of spine. Interior quite clean with previous owner's name in blue ink on first free endpaper as well as a heavy erasure mark and a small loss at upper right corner of leaf, "Peabody Book Shop, Baltimore" bookseller's label at base of front pastedown near gutter. Contains first state printing of illustrations by W. T. Brenda on glossy stock.
Price: $925.00  
Hilton, James.
Good-Bye, Mr. Chips.
Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1934.
Hard Cover. First Edition. First Printing. 126 pp. 8vo. Light scuffing to dust jacket with small stain at upper left corner of front which wraps a bit to the spine, tiny tear here and there along the edges, small loss at head of spine, now in mylar cover. Yellow cloth boards with blue embossed titling to cover and spine, clean and crisp within.

The basis for two movies (1939 & 1969) for which Robert Donat won the Oscar for Best Actor at the 1940 Oscars, beating out Clark Gable, Laurence Olivier, Mickey Rooney, and Jimmy Stewart.
Price: $750.00  
Roberts, Kenneth.
Oliver Wiswell (2 Volumes).
New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1940.
Hardcover. Limited Edition. 411, 415-849 pp. 8vo. Brown cloth boards with gold embossed titlinig to spine, top edge gilt, color maps illustrate the endpapers of each volume. Both volumes retain the original clear plastic dust jacket and are encased in a matching cloth slipcase in Very Good condition with a paper title pasted to front cover.

Produced in a limited edition of 1,50 copies, 1,000 of which were for sale, this being #566 and signed by the author on the colophon.
Price: $200.00  
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