Item #257 The Virginian. Owen Wister.

The Virginian

New York: Macmillan, 1902. First Edition. 1st edition. Hardly surpassable as an impactful 20th century 1st edition. The Virginian’s foremost original innovation and hallowed template, previously unknown in a novel, is the model Western hero of mythic primal humanity. Heavy? Yes. But that’s just the most vital. The Virginian also coined the oft–amended line “When you call me that, smile,” and cooler still, and way more influential (get this), the first Main Street, walk–down (more like a hunt–down), fast draw, pistol duel. Near fine in the rare jacket with 1” and 1 1/2” chips from the spine’s top and bottom (the worst flaws), and a few tears to the edges and along 2 folds, but it’s still integral, still clean, unrestored, never brutalized, and harder to find than peace and quiet. Filmed twice in the silent era, and twice more with sound (1929, starring Gary Cooper and Walter Huston, and 1946, starring Joel McCrea and Brian Donlevy, both more sterile than the book). Near fine / good. Item #257

Price: $12,500.00

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