The Rise Of Silas Lapham

Howells, William Dean

Published by Ticknor & Co; Boston; 1884/1885, 1885
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Title: The Rise Of Silas Lapham

Publisher: Ticknor & Co; Boston; 1884/1885

Publication Date: 1885

Binding: Hardcover


; 515 pp.; ; F-; ".invariably cited in any list of American "business" novels.its real story involves the unsuccessful efforts of a crude by essentially honest self-made man to become accepted by Boston Brahmins. Lapham is a credible businessman who has made a fortune in mineral paint discovered on a family farm. quite untypical of contemporary entrepreneurs. he makes large loans to a crooked former partner. which result in his own ruin. All, however, ends happily. As Frank Norris.contemptuously remarked, Howells's realism in American social studies amounted to crises involving cups of tea." --Auchincloss/Business.10 #1 This copy has the first state preliminary boxed ad, headed as "Works" rather than "Novels." Furthermore, this copy has the perfect type in "sojourner" in the last line of page 176. BAL notes that all known reprints have battered type at this point, and therefore assumes that those copies with the first ads and the unbattered type constitute the earliest issue. The original tan cloth, with gilt lettering. There is a 1/2" lightly worn spot to the top edge of the front cover, else bright and tight. . . BAL=9619.1 [kwA_ 1st Ed. ]. Bookseller Inventory # 20283

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