Bristow, Gwen. New York: Thomas Y Crowell Company, 1959. 1st edition. Limited edition, hand-numbered 695 of 999 copies. Decorated cloth, with jacket. 406 pp. 8vo. Fine in a fine jacket.
Extremely rare limited first issue of Bristow’s popular romantic work, set during the American Revolution. The unclipped jacket bears an evocative design by Robert Doares. Volume and jacket show the mildest of occasional exterior wear. Uncommonly fantastic condition.
Gwen Bristow (1903-1980), the author of seven bestselling historical novels that bring to life momentous events in American history, such as the siege of Charleston during the American Revolution (Celia Garth) and the great California gold rush (Calico Palace), was born in South Carolina, where the Bristow family had settled in the seventeenth century.