Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1971. First Edition. Stegner's eleventh novel, centered around wheelchair-bound historian Lyman Ward, who has lost connection with his son and living family and decides to write about his frontier-era grandparents. The novel was based directly on the letters of Mary Hallock Foote, later published as A Victorian Gentlewoman in the Far West. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1972, and ranked #82 in the Modern Library's list of "100 Best English-Language Novels of the 20th Century." Item #2802
First Printing. Octavo (21.5cm); grayish-green cloth, with titling and decorative elements stamped in gilt and in blind to spine and front cover; dustjacket; 569,pp. Upper board edges gently sunned, some very faint, scattered foxing to cloth, with a few tiny stains to lower text edges, and small ownership bookplate to front pastedown; Very Good+. In the second state dustjacket, with Pulitzer Prize sticker on front panel; price-clipped, spine ends and extremities lightly worn, with a few tiny spots to lower spine pane; Very Good+ or better.