Claus, M.A. (May Austin); Claus, William A.J. (Wil. Hard Cover. Boston: L.C. Page, and Company, 1911. 1st Edition. Very Good.
Illustrated by May Austin Claus and William Anton Joseph Claus. First edition, first printing of the first book in the author's Avonlea series. Publisher's ribbed light teal cloth, with gilt lettering to the front board and spine, illustration of a woman's profile to laid on the front board. Very good, with some wear and rubbing to the extremities, minor toning to the spine, some rubbing and light soiling to the boards, inner hinges discreetly repaired, light spotting to the endpapers, otherwise bright and clean interior. A sturdy and presentable copy. Housed in a custom maroon slipcase. Anne of Green Gables is a story about a young orphan girl, Anne Shirley, who is sent to live on a farm on Prince Edward Island with a family who had intended to adopt a boy. Montgomery drew much of the novel's setting from her own childhood experiences living with her grandparents on the eastern coast of the island. Like her readers, the author was quite taken with the jovial character she had created and wrote multiple sequels to this first installment of what would become a beloved children's series.