Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1972. First Edition. A distinguished copy of Atwood's second novel, touching on themes of gender identity, environmental conservation, and Canadian nationalism. Fry (1917-?) was employed at McClelland and Stewart from 1965-1971, working closely with Farley Mowat, Sinclair Ross, and Ernest Buckler. Significantly, she served as the editor for Atwood's debut, The Edible Woman (1969), as well as Surfacing, before taking a position with the federal government. An uncommonly good and early association copy. Item #6506
First Impression. Octavo (22cm); grey paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; ,7-192pp. Inscribed by Atwood on the title page to her editor, Pamela Fry: "For Pam Fry / my very splendid editor / with love / Peggy Atwood." Spine ends gently nudged, hint of sunning to upper and lower board edges, else a clean, Near Fine copy. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $6.95), with gentle sunning to spine, and some pinpoint wear to corner tips; Near Fine.