The Magnificent Ambersons
Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1918.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1918. First edition. Original reddish-brown cloth with titles to front and spine stamped in black, with the rare pictorial dust jacket. Book Fine with just slight separation between the half-title and frontispiece. Dust jacket Very Good with two small chips from the spine ends, and a few longer tears at the top of the spine and front panel, closed on the verso with archival tape. Very rare first state dust jacket with the original price of $1.40 on the spine. Later issue jackets blacked out the original price and have $1.50 stamped below. Housed in a dark blue, quarter-morocco solander box made by the Chelsea Bindery.
In the second novel awarded a Pulitzer Prize, Booth Tarkington presents the riveting drama of a small town’s relationship with a powerful family. “The Magnificent Ambersons” chronicles the declining fortunes of the aristocratic Amberson family, whose status rests on “beings things” rather than “doing things.” With the rising financial success of industrial tycoons and young entrepreneurs, the Ambersons struggle to maintain their position in the shifting economy. Filmed by Orson Welles in 1942, “The Magnificent Ambersons” remains Booth Tarkington’s masterpiece and stands as a monument to the transformation of society in the early twentieth century. Fine in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #1339)