WILDER, Thornton. The Bridge of San Luis Rey. New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1927.
8o. Frontispiece and plates by Amy Drevenstedt. Original tan cloth, lettered and decorated in black (slight edgewear). Provenance: John Fleming (presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 21 "PRELIMINARY ISSUES", issued a day prior to the Longman's, Green's London edition and a full week prior to Boni's American edition. This issue is printed on a different stock, and has the title-page printed in black only (versus in black and green). PRESENTATION COPY, WITH A LENGTHY INSCRIPTION BY WILDER TO JOHN FLEMING on the front flyleaf: "John Fleming with the best wishes of Thornton Wilder New York City June 5 1936. I have long been aware of various errors in pagination and arrangement in this work..... but there is no misjudgement that on pages 220 ff is new to me. There is no misjudgement in all narratives equal to that of recounting an action twice. T.W." Edelstein suggests that the preliminary issue was not issued with a jacket, although he may have only examined one example. A copy from Wilder's mother's library had the jacket, although it was identical to the first trade issue jacket and therefore may have been wedded to the book later. Edelstein A2a.