SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF POST-RECONSTRUCTION NOVELIST ELLEN GLASGOW’S WORKS, ONE OF 810 SETS SIGNED BY HER, IN HANDSOME PUBLISHER'S BINDING
GLASGOW, Ellen. Works. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1938. Twelve volumes. Tall octavo, original half vellum gilt, burgundy morocco spine labels, top edges gilt, uncut, original slipcases. $1600.
Limited “Virginia Edition” of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Southern novelist's collected works, number 66 of only 810 sets signed by Glasgow in Volume I, with biographical frontispieces in each volume, in handsome publisher's binding.
"Born into an aristocratic Virginia family, the young Glasgow rebelled against the conventional modes of feminine conduct and thought approved by her caste… Glasgow's strong intellect led her to a conscious channeling of her creative energies toward the making of a substantial body of fiction. The framework of these works was to be, as she stated in 1898, at age 25, 'a series of sketches dealing with life in Virginia.' As she matured artistically, this early half-formed intention realized itself in a series of novels that constitutes a social history of her native Virginia. The great organizing ideas of her fiction are the conflicts between tradition and change, matter and spirit, the individual and society" ("Documenting the American South," UNC). This elegantly printed set includes Barren Ground, Miller of Old Church, Vein of Iron, Sheltered Life, Romantic Comedians, They Stooped to Folly, Battle-Ground, Deliverance, Virginia, Voice of the People, Romance of a Plain Man, and Life and Gabriella.
Fine condition. one slipcase with expert repairs to seams.