New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth over yellow-gray paper-covered boards, spine gilt, upper board stamped in aquamarine, original printed dust jacket.
First trade edition of Cather's shortest novel, about the sacrifices made by a strong-willed woman and her subsequent disillusionment: "'It's all very well to tell us to forgive our enemies; our enemies can never hurt us very much. But oh, what about forgiving our friends?'" With two-tone illustrations and decorations by W.A. Dwiggins. Published simultaneously with a signed limited edition. Crane A15.a.ii. Without scarce original slipcase. Embrowning to endpapers, upper corners scuffed; unclipped dust jacket with some darkening to spine, chipping to head of spine and panels detached or nearly so. Good only. Item #469