First Edition of Jessica Mitford's The American Way of Death; Signed by Her

  • The American Way of Death.

The American Way of Death.

Item Number: 94622

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1963.

First edition of Mitford’s classic study. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by the author on the title page, “R.I.P. Jessica Mitford.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Seymour Linden. Uncommon signed.

Only the scathing wit and searching intelligence of Jessica Mitford could turn an exposé of the American funeral industry into a book that is at once deadly serious and side-splittingly funny. When first published in 1963, this landmark of investigative journalism became a runaway bestseller and resulted in legislation to protect grieving families from the unscrupulous sales practices of those in "the dismal trade."