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The Virginian - WISTER, OWEN - 1902. 
New York: Macmillan, 1902 - First Edition. Spine cloth worn; only a good copy of what is widely conceded to be the first modern western novel; the basis for several film versions and a television series. If nothing else, the hackneyed, now nearly comic phrase, ÒSmile when you say that, poÕdnerÓ originated with this bookÕs ÒWhen you call me that, smile.Ó Inscribed by the author on the half-title, Òby Owen Wister. Philadelphia. Nov 22, 1924.Ó Accompanied by a one page secretarial letter graciously thanking the recipient for his interest, Ò.this is always the greatest pleasure a writer can have.Ó With a small name stamp inside the front cover and the recipientÕs ownership inscription on the front free endpaper. Although the inscription is dated 22 years after the bookÕs publication, signed first editions have always been scarce. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Peter L. Stern & Co., Inc., A.B.A.A.]
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