Chicago, New York & San Francisco: Bedford, Clarke and Co., . Printed wrappers. Spine a bit darkened, with narrow cracks and small chips laid down, front wrapper evidently reattached, faint tidemark in extreme lower margin of several leaves, otherwise a very good copy. Full gilt morocco solander case (lacking bottom panel). Item #WRCLIT82482
First edition, wrapper bound issue, of the author's pseudonymously published first book. Best known for her popular novels set in California, Atherton published this work, "a tale of metampsychosis" set in Europe, under a pseudonym derived from the name of her collateral ancestor, Benjamin Franklin. In a later moment of candor, Atherton remarked that "I know now it was not worth the paper it was printed on." This copy bears the author's extended fifteen line 1927 inscription expressing a not dissimilar sentiment, with particular reference to the deluge of "reincarnation novels" that followed in its wake. WRIGHT III:163.