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The Bridge over San Luis Rey.
London: Longmans, 1927 - Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in gilt, vignette of author's signature to front cover. With the supplied dust jacket. A very good copy indeed, in a mildly toned jacket with a touch of skilful restoration to head of spine and tips. First edition (preceding the American edition by a few days), presentation copy, inscribed by the author for Lady Ottoline Morrell on the title page, "For Lady Ottoline with the best regards of Thornton Wilder / London January 1929", and with Morrell's ownership monogram in pencil on the front endpaper and occasional marginal pencil markings. Together with two autograph letters from Wilder to Morrell, both in their original envelopes. The first, one page on Savoy notepaper, dated 12 Jan 1929, states how he and his sister are looking forward to meeting Morrell, and thanking her for her "beautiful words about my book"; the second, one page of Yale University Elizabethan Club notepaper, dated 2 February 1929, thanks Morrell for her hospitality and for a copy of The Sentimental Journey. He also adds, "Your apologising for the monogram and the marginal markings will not be accepted; they make the book a sort of happy palimpsest". The Bridge over San Luis Rey had made Wilder famous and he was often in Europe in the 1920s, basking in its glory. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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