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    Signed by Willa Cather

    Willa Cather. Death Comes for the Archbishop. With Drawings and Designs by Harold Von Schmidt. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929.

    Second edition, first printing, limited issue (first published serially in the Forum, January-June 1927, illustrated with drawings by Harold von Schmidt, and then in book form in September 1927). Limited to 170 numbered copies (of which 160 are for sale) printed on Rives Cream Plate Paper. This copy is Number 54, signed by Willa Cather. Quarto (11.375 x 8.125 inches; 289 x 206 mm.). [2, blank], [8], 343, [1, colophon], [2, blank] pages. Ten full-page black-on-white illustrations by Harold von Schmidt and forty-eight black-on-white vignette illustrations.

    Original full cream vellum paper over limp boards pictorially stamped in silver on front cover, ruled and lettered in silver on spine, and stamped in blind with publisher's device on rear cover. Yapp fore-edge. Top edge rough-trimmed and silvered, others uncut. Foot of spine and corners lightly bumped. Slightly over-opened between pages 74 and 75 and 186 and 187. Previous owner's ink signature on front free endpaper. A very good copy. In the original light tan laid paper dust jacket ruled and lettered in black on spine and with flaps folding over the edges. The jacket is slightly browned, chipped and torn at the edges, with most of the spine missing. Housed in the original light brown paper over board slipcase with tan paper spine label printed in black and matching limitation number in ink at the foot of the spine. The slipcase is worn and splitting along the spine and at top and bottom.

    "This book, designed by Elmer Adler, was set on the Monotype in Poliphilus, electrotyped, printed and bound by the Plimpton Press of Norwood, Massachusetts. The Japan Paper Company of New York supplied the paper. The illustrations were reproduced by Federal Photo-Engraving Corporation of New York" (Colophon).

    "This new edition was originally intended for the 1929 Christmas trade and is called the 'holiday edition' in the Knopf production records. The black-on-white illustrations and text drawings are by Harold von Schmidt, who illustrated the Forum periodical publication of 1927" (Crane, p. 139).

    Crane A16.b.i.

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