Willa Cather – Death Comes for the Archbishop – FIRST EDITION, one of 175 numbered and SIGNED copies

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Death Comes for the Archbishop – FIRST EDITION, one of 175 copies numbered and SIGNED by the author in hand

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927. Uncut in the original publishers quarter green cloth with marbled paper over boards and glazed cloth label to spine, untrimmed edges. 303 pages. Endpapers with discoloration from newpaper clippings (now gone) and minor general rubbing, inside clean and bright and overall a near fine attractive copy

First edition. One of 175 copies on Borzoi rag paper, signed and numbered by Cather in hand (No. 4)

Death Comes for the Archbishop is Cathers novel on the attempts of a Catholic bishop and a priest to establish a diocese in New Mexico Territory. The narrative is based on two historical figures of the late 19th century, Jean-Baptiste Lamy and Joseph Projectus Machebeuf, and rather than any one singular plot, is the stylized re-telling of their lives serving as Roman Catholic clergy in New Mexico. The narrative has frequent digressions, either in terms of stories related to the pair (including the story of the Our Lady of Guadalupe and the execution of an oppressive Spanish priest at Acoma Pueblo) or through their recollections. The narration is in third-person omniscient style. Cather includes many fictionalized accounts of actual historical figures, including Kit Carson, Manuel Antonio Chaves and Pope Gregory XVI. Among other subjects Cather portrays the aboriginal people of the Pueblos, the Hopi and the Navajo sympathetically, including a discussion of the Long Walk of the Navajo (mentioned as a reminiscence of the dying Latour of his Navajo friend Eusabio and the Navajo leader Manuelito). Latour reflects that the removal of the Navajos was a wrong comparable to “black slavery,” and the narrator describes Kit Carson’s actions with the Navajo as “misguided” and “a soldier’s brutal work.” “Death Comes for the Archbishop shares a limitless, craggy beauty with the New Mexico landscape of desert, mountain, and canyon in which its central action takes place, and its evocations of that landscape and those who are drawn to it suggest why Cather is acknowledged without question as the most poetically exact chronicler of the American frontier.”

Willa Cather - Death Comes for the Archbishop - FIRST EDITION, one of 175 numbered and SIGNED copies

5.000,00 kr.

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