Hard Cover. New York: Frank Shay, 1921. 1st Edition. Very Good.
First hardcover edition (first edition, third printing). Publisher's black paper boards, lettered in gilt. About very good, with some chipping and glue repairs to the spine head, split to the front paper joint, otherwise sturdy binding, bright and clean pages. A very presentable copy of Millay's first verse-play. Yost 8. This copy of The Lamp and the Bell is the third printing and the first hardcover issue of the first edition. Millay wrote this play in Paris for production in Poughkeepsie, New York. Yost notes that publisher Frank Shay put the first printing in wrapper out "in great haste so that it might reach Poughkeepsie in time for the production." The second printing in wrappers and this first hardcover issue were issued only a few months after the hurried first printing. Millay wrote The Lamp and the Bell for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Vassar College Alumni Association and dedicated the play to her fellow members of the Class of 1917. The play was performed at Vassar in June 1921 and featured an all-female cast of Vassar alumnae playing both male and female roles. Specifically, The Lamp and the Bell tells the story of two stepsisters whose friendship is threatened by a male suitor.