The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Thornton Wilder

Published by Charles Boni Papert Books, New York, 1929
Condition: Near Fine. Soft cover
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142pp. FIRST TRADE PAPERBACK IN THE USA. An important prototype edition in the history of book publishing. According to the publisher's statement, "The Paper Books was founded in nineteen twenty-nine by Charles Boni to place good books, well designed and carefully made, within reach of any reader." The Bridge of San Luis Rey was set up and printed in May, 1929, as an example of the format. Boni offered, for a subscription of $5 per year, a new Paper Book on the twenty-fifth of each month. Sixteen issues came out, and then the series ended after the economic crisis of 1929. This precedes the first Penguin paperback and the first Pocketbook. A near fine copy in orange wraps illustrated by Rockwell Kent, showing the wind blowing Paper Books through the sky. Very light rubbing to extremities, light fading of spine and some faint smudges to covers. Internally pristine. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007618

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Title: The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Publisher: Charles Boni Papert Books, New York

Publication Date: 1929

Binding: Illustrated Wrappers

Illustrator: Rockwell Kent

Book Condition:Near Fine.

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued

Edition: First Paperback Edition.

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