First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “To Doctor George Merritt, from his friend, Willa Sibert Cather”. The author’s first novel, the story of an engineer torn between love for his wife and the woman he had loved during his youth, “neatly plotted with London and Boston settings in imitation of Henry James” (DAB).
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Octavo. Original pale purple cloth, gilt lettered spine and front cover. Spine a little faded and rolled, pencil marks on top-edge, small stains on fore-edge, small mark on title page.