Willa Cather

My Antonia

originally published:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin

The first edition in the rare original dustwrapper. Image courtesy of Peter L. Stern & Co.


  • Johnson Highspot of American Literature(1918)

reference info

bio notes:
born: 12/7/1873
died: 4/24/1947
born as: Willa Sibert Cather
nationality: USA

American novelist noted for her portrayals of frontier life on the American plains. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

Collecting tips:

All of the earliest of Cather's books are rare in dustjackets, and commensurately expensive. Especially prized are O Pioneers!, (1913 - with "Willa S. Cather" on the spine, later printings dropped the "S."), The Song of the Lark. (1915 - first issue lists three other titles by Cather on the copyright page), and My Antonia, (1918 - first state has illustrations on coated paper). One quirky book to look out for, supposedly edited by her, but actually largely written by Cather was The Life of Mary G. Baker Eddy and The History of Christian Science by Georgine Milmine (1909) is not usually so expensive, but of course, isn't so interesting as her fiction, either.

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