NY: Harcourt, Brace and Company, . First Edition. First issue binding with the “C” instead of a “G” in “Gantry” on the spine. Signed inscription from Lewis on the title page: “Sincerely yours, Sinclair Lewis. July 20, 1936.” “Elmer Gantry” was Lewis’s “Preacher” novel and a controversial best-seller, with 140,000 copies (also reportedly as many as 180,000 copies) ordered in advance of publication- the largest prepublication order for a publisher to date. The misspelling on the spine was reportedly caught after about 10,000 to 20,000 copies had been released. The story of a hard-drinking con man and a female evangelist pedaling religion to small town America. The book is dedicated to H.L. Mencken. A film adaptation was made by MGM in 1960, starring Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy, Shirley Jones and Patti Page. The movie won three Academy Awards. “Elmer Gantry” became a Book Of The Month Club selection in March 1927 and 175,000 copies were reportedly sold within six weeks. The dust jackets for this title are fragile, which accounts for their scarcity and for them being prone to damage. As far as I know, the corners on the first edition dust jackets are clipped on all four corners, with the $2.50 price appearing in the middle of the front flap. This copy has the small ink signature of “Frank Hollis, Birmingham” on the front endpaper. Small 8vo., blue & orange cloth in dust jacket; 432 pages. Item #57348
Very Good (bright covers with minor wear, tiny bit of rippling cloth on front cover); contents clean & tight (very minor soil & tiny spot front endpaper); little soil & short tears (small chips) d/j. There has been no restoration to the dust jacket. The text has one very tiny tear to top of half-title page neatly repaired with clear archival tape. Overall, a pretty pleasing copy! [See images].