Franklin Center: The Franklin Library, 1982.
Limited Edition. Leather_bound. 9 1/4" X 6 1/2". xxi, 659pp. Bound in full green leather over boards, with decorations stamped in gilt to boards and spine. Raised bands to spine. Moderate rubbing and edgewear to covers, corners, and edges of boards. Rubbing, dust-spotting, and heavy foxing to all-gilt edges of text block. Discoloration to edges of silk moire endpapers. Foxing to endpapers, and occasional faint foxing to pages throughout, otherwise pages are free of marks and notation. Staining to silk ribbon placemaker. Binding is sound. An admittedly worn but still quite handsome limited edition of this novel by Edna Ferber.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
Before she tried to be a good woman she had been a very bad woman-so bad that she could trail her wonderful apparel up and down Main Street, from the Elm Tree Bakery to the railroad tracks, without once having a man doff his hat to her or a woman bow. You passed her on the street with a surreptitious glance, though she was well worth looking at-in her furs and laces and plumes. She had the only full-length mink coat in our town, and Ganz's shoe store sent to Chicago for her shoes. Hers were the miraculously small feet you frequently see in stout women. Usually she walked alone; but on rare occasions, especially round Christmastime, she might have been seen accompanied by some silent, dull-eyed, stupid-looking girl, who would follow her dumbly in and out of stores, stopping now and then to admire a cheap comb or a chain set with flashy imitation stones-or, queerly enough, a doll with yellow hair and blue eyes and very pink cheeks. But, alone or in company, her appearance in the stores of our town was the signal for a sudden jump in the cost of living. The storekeepers mulcted her; and she knew it and paid in silence, for she was of the class that has no redress. She owned the House with the Closed Shutters, near the freight depot-did Blanche Devine.(Publisher). Good. Item #11208