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"Winesburg, Ohio, when it first appeared, kept me up a whole night in a steady crescendo of emotion." –Hart Crane

ANDERSON, SHERWOOD. Winesburg, Ohio

New York: Huebsch, 1919

Original yellow cloth, printed paper spine label (spine darkened with label worn), obscured inscription on front pastedown, rare dust jacket (small chip from front panel, spine darkened with a little wear at ends). Cloth case. A rare survival.

FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with top edge stained yellow, with “lay” in p. 86, line 5 and “the” on p. 251, line 3 in broken type.

An outstanding presentation copy inscribed by Anderson on the front free endpaper: “To Henry J. Smith, with regards, Sherwood Anderson.” Henry Justin Smith, a Chicago-based journalist and author, was an early friend and supporter of Anderson. Smith also helped the careers of Carl Sandburg, Ben Hecht, Harry Hansen, as well as other mid-Western authors.

Anderson wrote in his posthumously published memoirs that Winesburg, Ohio “has become a kind of American classic and has been said by many critics to have started a kind of revolution in American short-story writing.” H. L. Mencken observed, “Nothing quite like it has ever been done in America. It is so vivid, so full of insight, so shiningly life-like and glowing, that the book is lifted into a category all its own.”

Presentation copies of the first issue of Winesburg, Ohio in dust jacket are rare. No other examples appear in the auction records of the past fifty years.

Provenance: Donald Drapkin, his sale, Christie’s, 29 June 2005, lot 7.

Sheehy & Lohf 9. Modern Library, Best English-Language Novels of the 20th Century, no. 24.

$15,000