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The World of Willa Cather, Bennett, Mildred R.
1 Bennett, Mildred R. The World of Willa Cather
New York Dodd, Mead 1951 First Cloth Fine Very Good 
First Printing 1951. A superb fine copy in a near fine dustjacket. The early life of Pulitzer Prize winning author Willa Cather--in and around Red Cloud, Nebraska. A beautifully preserved copy with only a little bit of dustiness to the page edges. The dustjacket is price clipped with only a little bit of chipping and edgewear to the usual places--head and heel of the spine. A must have for the Cather collector--written by a woman who taught some of the children connected with the characters in the novels--as Cather took the real life characters she met and adapted them for her characters. Red cloth with brown and gilt lettering and decoration. A very collectable copy. Dustjacket not shown in digital image--but additional pics can be emailed--DJ is near fine. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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My Mortal Enemy (First Printing), Cather, Willa
2 Cather, Willa My Mortal Enemy (First Printing)
New York Knopf 1926 First Hardcover Fine 
First Edition/First State 1926. A very handsome copy in near fine condition without the frail and scarce dustjacket. Light age toning only--a very clean interior and bright exterior--see digital scan. Title is almost faded from spine--otherwise remarkably collectable. 
Price: 215.00 USD
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Not Under Forty, Cather, Willa
3 Cather, Willa Not Under Forty
New York Knopf 1936 First Edition Cloth Very Good Very Good 
First Printing 1936. From the recent auction of noted collector M. B. Goldstone--with his famous gold custom bookplate loosely attached to the front pastedown--along with notations and his signature in pencil to the front free endpaper. A near fine copy in lime green with charcoal decorations and lettering to the front board and spine. A little dustiness to the cloth and page edges only. Top stain unfaded. An unclipped ($2.00) dustjacket in excellent condition except for a faded spine--no chips or tears however--a handsome unfaded and bright front jacket cover. A collection of essays (6). 
Price: 185.00 USD
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Obscure Destinies, Cather, Willa
4 Cather, Willa Obscure Destinies
New York Knopf 1932 First Edition Cloth Fine Very Good 
First Printing. From the collection of M.B. Goldstone, with his distinctive gold bookplate lightly attached to the front pastedown and his signature in pencil to the upper corner of the ffep. Green cloth boards with paper labels to front board and spine. A tight and square fine copy with an unmarked interior. A very good plus dustjacket which is price clipped (all copies were price clipped by the publisher)--light age toning--mostly to the spine. Light orange top stain. Contains three stories by the Pulitzer Prize winning author--"Neighbour Rosicky", "Old Mrs. Harris", and "Two Friends". Goldstone was a well known collector along with his brother--(Steinbeck bibliographer). 
Price: 245.00 USD
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On Writing, Cather, Willa
5 Cather, Willa On Writing
New York Knopf 1949 First Edition Cloth Fine Very Good 
First Printing 1949. From the collection of M. B. Goldstone--with his custom gold bookplate lightly attached to the front pastedown. A nice copy in fine condition--in an unclipped and very good dustjacket. This copy has just some very light age toning to the dustjacket--and some edgewear and chipping to the head and heel of the spine. There is one 3/4 inch closed end repaired tear to the rear panel on the bottom--not part of any lettering or decoration. Protected in a BrodArt Jacket cover. Dark top stain. 126 pp. Original $2.25 price on flap. Cather won the Pulitzer Prize and was one of the most influential writers of the early part of the 20th Century. Her descriptive prose made the prairies of Nebraska come alive in her novels. Forward by Stephen Tennant. A must have for the Cather collector. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Youth and The Bright Medusa, Cather, Willa
6 Cather, Willa Youth and The Bright Medusa
New York Knopf 1920 First Edition Cloth Very Good No Jacket 
First Printing. From the collection of M.B. Goldstone, with his distinctive gold bookplate lightly attached to the front pastedown. Goldstone's collection was recently auctioned off (along with is brother--the Steinbeck bibliographer) with some of his titles setting records at auction in NY. A very good copy in green cloth with purple top stain (somewhat faded) and uncut edges elsewhere. A little darkening to the cloth spine with the title hard to read. Clean interior pages. There is a tipped in period photo clipping of the author with a caption from M. L. Mencken proclaiming Cather's "My Antonia" as the best American novel written by a woman. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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My Autobiography, McClure, S. S.
7 McClure, S. S. My Autobiography
New York Frederick A. Stokes 1914 First Edition Cloth Very Good No Jacket 
Ghst written by Willa Cather. From the recently auctioned collection of M.B. Goldstone--with his personalized gold bookplate lightly attached to the front pastedown and his penciled signature and notes to the front free endpaper. This copy originally belonged to author, novelist, and short story writer Katherine Havilland Taylor--and attached (tipped in) is a rejection letter from S.S. McClure for a short story Taylor wrote called "How Fickle Women Are". Dated June 8, 1925, and on McClure's Magazine stationary, McClure writes to Taylor--"This is a very good story and I would like it but I am sorry to say I can't buy it, considering what I have on hand." "Faithfully Yours. S. S. McClure". Taylor was a successful short story writer who was published in several magazines, but apparently, never in McClure's. Taylor wrote one novel called "The Failure", which was adapted into a 1938 RKO film with a renamed title of "A Man To Remember"--starring Lionel Barrymore. Taylor had several stories published by all of the major writing magazines of the early part of the 20th Century. Also, enclosed and attached to this copy on page 241, conveniently across from the photo of "Viola Roseboro"--editor in chief of McClure's magazine, is a letter on McClure's Magazine stationary dated December 21, 1922 and also addressed to Taylor, is a rejection letter for a story entitled "Facing Reality" and signed and written by Viola Roseboro with her handwritten notes to Taylor on one side and a formal rejection on the other. In her notes Roseboro says, "Good, only we feel it is more for the women's magazines--not for us. Good Luck, and I expect as much. V. R." The other side of the letter states, "We always thank you for letting us see your work. We must send this back despite much wit and cleverness.....I am going to take the liberty of telling you that I think this would be better told without the frills and trimmings the author addresses to the reader--better and more saleable". Roseboro goes on to state that the reason she never signs her letters is because she is seldom in the office--apparently Taylor questioned if they (the stories) were ever indeed read at all because she was rejected so many times. It is common knowledge that Roseboro really called the shots at McClure's---she was responsible for getting on board many young and talented writers--including Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Willa Cather---who secretly penned this autobiography of McClure's life. McClure lived until 1949, and among many accomplishments, he was a business partner of Frank Nelson Doubleday, founded with him Doubleday & McClure, which became today's Doubleday publishing empire. This copy is in very good condition. First printing with September 1914, as called for. Frontispiece portrait of McClure with original tissue guard as new. Dustiness to the page ends, age toning to the spine with the lettering being quite hard to read. The front hinge is loose but easily repaired. Interior pages are unmarked and clean. Front board is quite nice with gilt lettering and decorations bright. Altogether a nice well read copy from the collection of a quite famous collector, who along with his brother Adrian Goldstone, Steinbeck's bibliographer, both well known and whose books are just now being auctioned off for record sums--(Gatsby for $180,000). What makes this copy rare are the letters and signatures of McClure and Roseboro--indeed Roseboro's signature is very rare for somebody whose influence was huge in the publishing world of the early 20th Century--she single handedly put Jack London's career on the inside track, and he went on to become the highest paid author of his time. Additional pics listed on Biblio.com or via email. Send requests to steve@cfe.com 
Price: 875.00 USD
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