Hardcover. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. 1st Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, advance review issue. Publisher's bright green cloth, with pale blue paper labels lettered to in black and orange to the front board and spine; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Rudolph Ruzicka, with a decorative rose border surrounding black title panels, lettered in white. Near fine, with some light wear and toning to the extremities, a slight lean to the spine, bright and clean pages; unclipped dust jacket, with some minor toning to the spine, faint wear to the spine ends, tiny crease to the bottom edge of the front panel, otherwise clean panels. Overall, a bright copy of Cather's last novel. Crane A22.a.i. Sapphira and the Slave Girl is a pastoral novel set in antebellum Virginia shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War. Specifically, it tells the story of Sapphira Colbert, a white woman who is irrationally concerned that her husband is having an affair with one of her slaves. Rather than present an argument for or against slavery, Cather attempts to paint a realistic portrait of the paradoxes inherent in the "peculiar institution" with this text.