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Elmer Gantry

Sinclair Lewis

Published by Harcourt, Brace, and Company, New York, 1927
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
From Books: Bound To Collect (Newton Center, MA, U.S.A.)

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This is the first printing of the first edition, with its original dust jacket, of ELMER GANTRY, by Sinclair Lewis, published in 1927 by Harcourt, Brace and Company in New York. This copy has the "G" that looks like a "C" in “Gantry” on the spine – one of the definitive first state points (see the photo). The dust jacket is the first printing dust jacket also: the price, $2.50, appears on the front flap just above the publisher's name. Elmer Gantry is one of Lewis’ most famous novels designed to raise the social consciousness of a generation of Americans caught up in the excesses of the 1920s. It is about a compelling but utterly corrupt evangelical preacher. It was made into a powerful and popular film with Burt Lancaster as Elmer Gantry in the 1960s. This particular copy is in very good to near fine condition. It has its original blue boards with an orange box around cut-out lettering both on the cover and on the spine. The boards are in very good condition with the orange accents still bright. There is some minor rubbing on the spine ends and on the corners but no tearing or chipping. The blue boards are also still a nice deep blue. The pages within are also in very good condition. The front and back endpapers have some light brown staining but the pages are clear of any marks, tears or stains. The dust jacket is also in very good condition. The bright orange bar down the right of the cover is still bright and crisp as is the black lettering all around. The back cover is a little dirty but the lettering is still clear and crisp. There was a small chip out of the top of the front panel which has been restored (that had affected the very tops of the "E" and "l" of "Elmer"). This is a nice, exceptionally clean, and quite collectable copy of this Sinclair Lewis classic. Bookseller Inventory # 514

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Title: Elmer Gantry

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace, and Company, New York

Publication Date: 1927

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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