New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. 1st Edition. Tall octavo, publisher’s photo-illustrated paper-covered boards, original printed acetate dust jacket.
Stated first edition of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tartt's debut novel. Set on a small New England liberal arts campus modeled on Bennington College, her alma mater, it follows the exploits of a group of classics devotees with a taste for bacchanals and ritual murder. In a profile written at the time of publication, Vanity Fair said "[Tartt is] going to be very famous very soon.” Dedicated to fellow brat packer Bret Easton Ellis. Book and printed acetate dust jacket designed by Barbara De Wilde and Chip Kidd. Light rubbing to corners and spine-ends, texblock over-opened at book's center (pp. 204/5); unclipped dust jacket with minor surface rubbing and a few faint scratches. Very good. Item #2259