Babbitt. Sinclair LEWIS.


New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922. First Edition. "Lewis's acidulous, ironic portrait of the American business man...Zenith telephone workers, dairy workers and truck drivers strike against a wage cut. Babbitt recognizes the justice of their demands but hasn't the guts to come out publicly in support of the strikers. He is intimidated into joining the anti-labor Good Citizens' League and loses his last chance to become a man of independence and integrity" (BLAKE, p.241). PASTORE, p.111; COAN, p.96; HANNA 2166. First printing, first state, with "Purdy" for "Lyte" in line 4, and "my" for "any" in line 5 on p.49. One of 9,500 copies. Octavo (19.25cm); navy blue cloth, titled, blocked and ruled in orange on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 401, [1 blank], [6]pp ads. Hint of offset from flaps onto endpapers, else Fine. Dustjacket lightly edgeworn, with a hint of sunning to spine and a small 2-digit rubber stamp to same, just beneath author's name; a few short closed edge tears, with a tiny chip to upper right corner of front panel and unobtrusive damp mark to rear panel; an attractive, unrestored example - Very Good+.

Price: $2,800.00

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