ZURY: THE MEANEST MAN IN SPRING COUNTY. A NOVEL OF WESTERN LIFE. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1887. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi  2-538 [539-540: blank] + 12-page undated publisher's catalogue inserted at rear, flyleaves at front and rear, inserted frontispiece, original pictorial brown cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in gold, slate coated endpapers. First edition. The author's first book. 1500 copies printed. A revised edition (270 copies) was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1888. His second book was THE McVEYS (AN EPISODE) published in 1888 by Houghton Mifflin, also in an edition of 1500 copies. Joseph Kirkland was the son of Caroline M. Kirkland who published three novels of pioneer life, the first in 1838, the two others in the 1840s. BAL 11194. Wright (III) 3174. Gift inscription on the recto of the front flyleaf, small private owner's stamp on the front free endpaper. Spine ends and corner tips rubbed, a very good copy. (#164613).
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