Centennial by James A. Michener
First Edition Published by Random House, Boston in 1974
Signed Custom Full Leather Binding by the Harcourt Bindery
Binding Details: Beautiful contemporary full leather binding by the Harcourt Bindery, Charlestown, Massachusetts bound in rich blue morocco leather that has raised bands to the spine, gilt titling, and elaborate gilt decorations and ruling. The covers have double gilt lines to the boards with a floral stops. There are gilt dentilles, hand-marbled endpapers, hand-sewn silk headbands, and gold gilted top page ends. The Harcourt Bindery label appears on the bottom of the last free endpaper.
Book Details: This is a first edition, first printing of James Michener’s critically acclaimed “Centennial” published by Random House, Boston in 1974. From the publisher, “Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener’s magnificent saga of the West is an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America’s past, the story of Colorado—the Centennial State—is manifested through its people: Lame Beaver, the Arapaho chieftain and warrior, and his Comanche and Pawnee enemies; Levi Zendt, fleeing with his child bride from the Amish country; the cowboy, Jim Lloyd, who falls in love with a wealthy and cultured Englishwoman, Charlotte Seccombe. In Centennial, trappers, traders, homesteaders, gold seekers, ranchers, and hunters are brought together in the dramatic conflicts that shape the destiny of the legendary West—and the entire country.”
Measures approximately 8.5” x 5.5” x 1.75” with 909 pages.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE- condition with some light sunning to the spine and superficial surface wear. Internally, the book is very clean with no signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a beautiful binding that houses one of the Michener’s most popular works.
A photograph of the binding appears in the photo section of the listing.