Death Comes for the Archbishop.

“The old man smiled. 'I shall not die of a cold, my son. I shall die of having lived": First Edition of Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop

Death Comes for the Archbishop.

CATHER, Willa.


Item Number: 118465

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927.

First edition, first issue, with the textual error in line 16, page 20 (“happnd”) and p. 57 (“suppper”) of Cather’s classic novel. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise box. An exceptional presentation.

Cather's work, set in mid-19th century New Mexico, is the first of an eventual three historical novels, winning praise on publication as "a very rare piece of literature" (New York Times). One of Modern Library's 100 Best Novels, it "celebrates the pioneer spirit so essential to our mythic notions of an ordained, manifest American destiny" (Modern American Women Writers, 35). Cather was "a virtuoso… one of the undeniably first-rank artists" of her age (New York Times). Listed by Modern Library as one of the 100 greatest novels of the twentieth century.

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