By Mary Johnston, illustrated by Howard Pyle and others
First edition of the best-selling American novel of 1900, a historical romance set in Jamestown written by a Virginian women's rights activist.
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD
"I hesitate to write about the South after having read Mary Johnston." – Margaret Mitchell
Johnston published five best-selling books in the first decade of the 20th century, making her one of the most popular authors of the new millennium according to records tracked by Publisher's Weekly. First serialized in the ATLANTIC MONTHLY in 1899, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD was twice adapted into a silent film. A champion of women's rights, Johnston incorporated her work as a suffragist into later books like HAGAR (1913), now viewed as an early feminist novel. While copies of this book are somewhat commonly found, most are in poor condition: heavily read and rubbed. An excellent example of romance novels dominating mainstream literary culture before the post-war paperback boom.
Read more: Bryan, "Ahead of Her Time," Virginia Living.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1900. 7.5'' x 4.75''. Original light green pictorial cloth stamped in dark green and white, gilt-lettering on spine and front board. Illustrated by Howard Pyle with a black and white, half-tone frontispiece previously unpublished. Also contains seven other black and white plates by Anna Whelan Betts, E.B. Thompson, and Emlen McConnell. 403,  pages. Only lightest edgewear, with faint soiling to spine: gilt bright, pictorial design unrubbed.
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