New York: Viking Press, 1933. First Edition. Hardcover. First Printing of Caldwell's finest novel, combining a powerful story with social protest and experimental narrative techniques. First Edition (so stated). 8vo (189 x 130mm): ,303,pp. Publisher's black cloth, spine and upper cover stamped in gold and green, top edge stained gold, other edges rough-trimmed,title page in maroon and black; Illustrated dust jacket priced $2.50. About Fine, with just a hint of fraying to spine ends, but square and tightly bound, the pages virtually pristine, without a trace of foxing. The lightly toned and dust-soiled dust jacket presents as Near Fine or better after skillful restoration to spine crown (not involving lettering or design). Blanck, p. 94 (erroneously reporting "first edition so stated on copyright page"). Coan, p.56. Hanna 564. Fine- / Near Fine+. Item #BB2106
The author's sequel (of sorts) to Tobacco Road, critiquing sharecropping and cotton farming while investigating the textile mill as an alternative for Southern workers, bringing Caldwell notoriety and fame (total worldwide sales have been estimated at more than 14 million copies, making it one of the best-selling novels of all time). "Both books were set among the poor whites of [Caldwell's] southern childhood, and both displayed a mixture of muckraking anger and grotesque sexual behavior that upset southern loyalists and northern moralists alike. Despite or because of this, . . . God’s Little Acre, after a highly publicized obscenity trial, became one of Caldwell’s perennial bestsellers." (ANB). N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).