Digging to America

London: Vintage Books, (2006).

Price: $1,200.00

Hardcover. First English edition, the author's copy. Fine, specially bound for Tyler in three-quarter matte black calf and handmade paper over boards (the trade issue was softcover), decorated in blind with "Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008" on the edge of the front board. The author's own copy, prepared by Christine Cleaton at The Hay Binders on the occasion of the book being short-listed for the prize. With a signed letter from Cleaton detailing the history and nature of the binding. As the book bears no dedication, this is likely the best possible copy of this issue.

Item #275894

item image

Digging to America. Anne TYLER.

Anne Tyler
birth name: Anne Tyler
born: 10/25/1941
nationality: USA

View Reference Info


American novelist and short-story writer whose comedies of manners are marked by compassionate wit and precise details of domestic life. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

Collecting tips:

First editions of three of Anne Tyler's first four books are scarce and expensive in fine condition: the first, If Morning Ever Comes (1964), the second, The Tin Can Tree (1965), and the fourth, The Clock Winder (1972). Which is the scarcest is the subject of modest debate, with our money on The Clock Winder. For some reason her third book, A Slipping-Down Life (1970) is relatively common when it has a handwritten "R" remainder mark on the front endpaper, but without the mark it too is scarce. One wild card is a little limited edition, A Visit with Eudora Welty (1980) which reprints an interview with Welty that originally appeared in The New York Times Book Review. This was purportedly was issued in an edition of 100 copies, but our experience suggests the real number might be two or three times that number.

Email us to request a printed copy of our catalog of Anne Tyler Rare Books and First Editions (or download it via the link as a 3.03 MB pdf file).

We also offer a comprehensive Anne Tyler Bibliography and Price Guide.more