Hard Cover. New York: Boni and Liveright, 1927. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, limited to 440 copies (this is copy 15), signed by Theodore Dreiser. Publisher's black cloth with orange and black batik paper-covered boards, orange paper label to spine lettered in black; lacking slipcase. Book with just some light wear to corners, with bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown, else fine. A beautiful copy. Dreiser's collection of fifteen short stories centers around the theme of human limitation. A socialist, Dreiser was concerned with working people, and what he believed are the external and internal "chains" that prevent them from realizing their potential. In his personal life, he practiced non-monogamy for most of his relationships, a trait he wrote in to one of his characters in this collection, so as to challenge the social expectations of his readers. Chains was published shortly after An American Tragedy and employed a more experimental style.