Signed by Ambrose Bierce on a Label, and in the Original Dust Jacket

    Ambrose Bierce. In the Midst of Life. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1898.

    First edition thus, Signed by Ambrose Bierce on a mounted bookplate. Expanded edition with additional material. Twelvemo. 362 pages.

    Publisher's maroon cloth, stamped in gilt. Very light rubbing to spine tips, else a fine copy, housed in the rare dust jacket which is worn at the spine tips and edges and is reinforced on the verso. This copy is signed by Bierce on a bookplate affixed to the front pastedown. Tipped into the volume are two letters, including one from Bierce's publisher, A.M. Robertson, concerning how the owner, the noted collector Paul Lamperly, obtained the signature. Rare in the dust jacket.

    Starrett: "This important volume, the first American edition to be called by this title, contains three stories that were not included in the 1891 edition of Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, of which volume it is otherwise a reprint. This is, by all odds, the neatest and most satisfying, physically, of the several editions of Bierce's finest book of stories."

    Starrett, pp. 45-46.

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