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The Pit. A Story of Chicago

Norris, Frank

Published by Doubleday, Page & Co., New York, 1903
Condition: Good+ Hardcover
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FIRST EDITION (not stated), printing not indicated but probably the second, or might be a pre-publication issue, based on the binding, extant points, and other indications such as the failure to state 'First Edition' which apparently was only done with the first printing; the copyright page reads: "Copyright, 1902, by Curtis Publishing Co, / Copyright, 1903, by Doubleday, Page & Co. / Published February, 1903"; no dj as issued; this book is bound in handsome red cloth rather than in gray boards (as in the first printing), publisher's device on title page and printer's device on copyright page ("Press of J. J. Little, Astor Place, New York, USA); points include 'puling' for 'pulling' on p. 123, L. 8, 'accustomd' for 'accustomed' on p. 273, L. 8 from bottom, 'beyound' for 'beyond' on p. 250, L 13 from bottom; from the library of the linguist Glenn Gilbert with Gilbert's bookplate affixed to the ffep, bookseller's pencilled price notation on front pastedown, moderate shelf wear, front hinge starting to go, remainder mark on bottom edge, spine shows some slant, spine is sun-faded, overall rating Good+; my reaction to reading it in October 1972 was 'An ambitious novel. Very schmaltzy & victorian in places; some powerful & well-written passages; interesting character study of Laura; not of the same power as Dreiser's Sister Carrie'; would be of interest to collectors of Good first editions of Norris' novels; hard covers are red with gold lettering on the front and spine, the spine decorated with Art Nouveau wheat stalks in gold, the motif for Norris' Epic of the Wheat series; 8vo -- 202 millimeters tall, 421 numbered pages Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001928

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Title: The Pit. A Story of Chicago

Publisher: Doubleday, Page & Co., New York

Publication Date: 1903

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition

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Triple G Books is owned and operated by an emeritus professor of linguistics, who was also an ardent book collector over the period 1954 to 2007. Books for sale range from linguistics, pidgin & creole languages, sociolinguistics, anthropology, education, and comparative religion through modern first editions and German and Scandinavian books. A number of the books are valuable and hard to find, as for example a 1/2-leather-bound first edition of Alfred Russell Wallace's The Malay Archipelago (2 vols.), recently sold for presentation to the Mayor of London on his visit to Malaysia, and a first edition of H. G. Wells' The Time Machine, a novel of the 19th century pointing to a scary future, a continuing revelation to me. Triple G Books stands back of its books in every way.

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