New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1983. Hardcover. Illustrations by William Bailey. Introduction by John Hollander. Small 4to. Quarter burgundy aniline calf with gilt lettering and decorative burgundy cloth, slipcase. xi, 103pp. All edges gilt. Original etching tissue-guarded frontispiece, 4 tissue-guarded plates. Near fine/very good. Mild wear and faintly sunned spine to tight and sound slipcase. Item #46596
Handsome edition of this 1923 fiction, here with rear colophon noting limitation of 1500 numbered copies (this #767) signed in pencil by artist Bailey. This sharp copy bears two choice autograph additions: Tipped opposite half-title page are items from two leading ladies who each played Marian Forrester in film versions -- one in the 1924 silent (Irene Rich) and the other in the 1934 talkie (Barbra Stanwyck): At top is a fine 5" X 6" black-and-white book illustration (closeup from unidentified silent film showing two women embracing) inscribed large and bold "To Terry / Good Luck / Irene Rich" in blue fineline, and below it is a fine heavy stock 5" X 3" card signed large and bold by Barbra Stanwyck in black fineline. Rich (1891-1988) was a popular actress who starred in dozens of silent films as well as talkies, and Barbra Stanwyck (1907-90) a versatile actress of numerous films ("Double Indemnity" and "Stella Dallas" earned two of her four Oscar nominations) and early television. Appropriate LEC "Monthly Letter" laid in. Cather supposedly disliked these film versions so much that she refused to allow further film adaptations of her novels.