New York: Doubleday, 1900. First Edition. Hardcover. 1st edition, 1st printing of her 3rd book, the first publication under her own name. Fine in the printed dustjacket, and over it the original glassine jacket (from the era when publisher’s were still trying to fathom the dustjacket thing), both with a little edgewear but near fine. A rare book in jacket to say nothing of both, and certainly the finest surviving copy. It’s also an important book, the first novel in her Virginia series, a study of class, race, and gender tensions set just after the civil war. Rarity, quality, significance and beauty (just look at the book under the jackets), the 4 pillars on which stand all antiques. Fine / near fine. Item #347
Meticulous research, inventively conceived, and boldly executed with a feisty commitment, was Glasgow’s foundation, with few parallels in American letters for the realism in this series. In just one case, Ellen and her sister managed to beguile a friend to sneak them inside the Virginia legislature and show them a place to hide from where they could observe the state’s political quarrels and intrigues, at a time when women were not permitted in the proceedings.