Muscatine, IA: The Prairie Press, 1938. Hardcover. Small 4to. Light grey cloth with gilt spine lettering. 75pp. Title page borders and running heads in terra cotta, rubricated initial capitals in lavender. Fine. Item #48043
Truly fine, bright and gleaming first edition of this early and fairly scarce production, Stegner's third published work. Front flyleaf bears a fine, archival, decorated-edged bookplate boldly inscribed and signed by the author in black ballpoint: "To [ -- ] / Wallace Stegner." Stegner (1909-93), nicknamed "The Dean of Western writers," was the prolific and influential writer whose work includes not only many nonfiction titles but also short story collections and numerous novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning and controversial "Angle of Repose" (1971) and National Book Award-winning "The Spectator Bird" (1976). Stegner was Iowa born and it's not surprising this beauty was published by fellow Iowan, Prairie Press founder Carroll Coleman, whose colophon at rear notes limitation of 490 copies. A superlative copy.