DEEPHAVEN. Sarah Jewett, rne.


Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1877. Original mauve cloth decorated in black and gilt, all page edges red.

First Edition, first state (with "was" at the end of the 16th line on p. 65, later changed to "so"), of Sarah Orne Jewett's first book. In addition to so-stated "fourth" and "fifth" printings dated 1877, there were three earlier printings dated 1877 that do not designate the printing on the title page -- of 1280, 500 and 500 copies; whether the two p. 65 states are 1780/500 copies or 1280/1000 copies is unknown.

The author, of South Berwick, Maine, first began writing these tales sited in the imaginary "Deephaven" for the Atlantic Monthly in 1868, when she was only nineteen. The book was an immediate success; it came at just the right moment, when the rage for genre regional studies of America was at its height and when fiction in general was at a low ebb. It made her famous at a bound; it sent her to Boston and New York and Philadelphia; it made her a friend of the "Boston circle," particularly of Howells, Lowell, Whittier, and Thomas Bailey Aldrich... [K&H]

This copy is in near-fine condition, remarkably clean for this light mauve cloth: there is light wear at the spine ends, and one endpaper has some cracking. This is tough book to find in better condition, as it was cheaply produced with flexible boards. Blanck 10871 (mentioning green or mauve cloth; we have also seen terra-cotta -- no priority). Item #13380

Price: $625.00