Hard Cover. New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1927. First Edition. Near Fine.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's light brown cloth, lettered in black and white, pictorial endpapers illustrated with a decorative map of Peru. A near fine copy with light rubbing to edges of spine and corners, else fine. An attractive copy. Winner of the 1928 Pulitzer Prize, The Bridge of San Luis Rey tells the story of the fictional collapse of an Inca-made rope bridge in Lima, Peru, at noon on Friday, July 20, 1714. The novel is divided into five sections, each of which explores the bridge collapse from different perspectives; the first and last sections recount the event and its memorial as well as Franciscan monk Brother Juniper's six-year effort to chronicle the stories of the 5 victims of the collapse, while sections 2-4 flashback to the victims' lives and the events that led up to their deaths. In addition to being one of his most popular texts, The Bridge of San Luis Rey is credited with establishing Wilder as a reputable American novelist.