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Pulitzer Prize Authors:Willa Cather

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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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Sapphira and the Slave Girl, Cather, Willa
6 Cather, Willa Sapphira and the Slave Girl
New York Knopf 1940 First Edition Cloth Fine Very Good 
First Printing 1940. From the collection of M. B. Goldstone-with his custom gold plate lightly affixed on the front pastedown. A fine copy in a very good unclipped dustjacket. A little dustiness to the page edges and cloth spine--but was protected by the dustjacket over the years to practically eliminate the usual bleaching of the spine that is normal for this title. A clean and tight copy otherwise. The dustjacket is complete except for a minor amount of chipping to the head and heel of the spine. Medium age toning to the spine--the normal darkening at the spine and back DJ--but not much on the back cover. Otherwise the front jacket cover is nice. Goldstone and his brother (who was Steinbeck's bibliographer) were noted collectors--and recently their collection has come on the market, with some titles setting records at auction. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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Sapphira and the Slave Girl, Cather, Willa
7 Cather, Willa Sapphira and the Slave Girl
New York Knopf 1940 First Edition Cloth Near Fine No Jacket 
First Edition--Complimentary Advance Copy. Unlike the first trade edition--this complimentary edition says "First Edition" on the copyright page, and the wording to "A Note on The Design" at rear is also a little different. This is a nice and tight copy, clean interior with a bright green cloth front board and paper label. The spine has the usual tone darkening--instead of green it is now almost tan--which is quite common for this title. Without the darkening to the cloth spine this would be a fine copy. No dustjacket. This was Cather's last book. Taking place in Cather's birthplace state of Virginia just before the Civil War, the storyline revolves around a mulatto girl and her jealous mistress. 
Price: 145.00 USD
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Youth and The Bright Medusa, Cather, Willa
8 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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The Clansman, Dixon, Thomas Jr.
9 Dixon, Thomas Jr. The Clansman
New York Doubleday Page & Co. 1905 First Edition Cloth Very Good No Jacket 
First Printing 1905. The author's presentation copy--signed on a special limitation page "With the compliments of Thomas Dixon Jr. Dixondale, Va". This is the true first printing with the gilt bordering surrounding the entire red cloth front board and gilt lettering with cross on the spine. The first trade edition had red cloth with white bordering. This copy also has the two advertisements for two of Dixon's other books following page 374 whereas the trade edition stops at page 374. Very good to near fine condition--slightly darkened on spine and a little spotting on the back board--although the front board is very bright and clean. A little wear to the head and heel of the spine (just beginning to fray). Gilt lettering on spine is still quite clear and bold eventhough the cloth is slightly darkened. Tissue guard covers the frontispiece.-- Otherwise tight & square. Beautiful M. B. Goldstone bookplate on front pastedown. A very scarce copy of a rare and controversial book--with the author's signature. "A historical romance of the Ku Klux Klan"--dedicated to the memory of the Grand Titan of the Invisible Empire". 
Price: 465.00 USD
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