11 October 2002
WILDER, Thornton. Our Town. A Play in Three Acts. New York: Coward McCann, Inc., 1938.
8o. Title-page printed in black and blue. Original brown cloth, blue paper labels on front cover and spine, top stained blue; pictorial dust jacket (slightest fading). Provenance: George Helley (presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION OF WILDER'S PULITZER PRIZE WINNING PLAY. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY WILDER TO GEORGE HELLEY on the title: "George Helley: Best wishes and regards, Thornton Wilder New Haven Christmas 1942." Helley was a Yale graduate, New Haven resident and lifelong collector of Wilder who was preparing to write a descriptive bibliography. His project was never realized. Helley gave most of his Wilder collection to Yale; the remainder was sold by Stonehill Rare Books of New Haven.
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