New York: Knopf, 1926. From the Bart Auerbach Collection. Tall 8vo. Original imitation white vellum, gilt-lettered and decorated, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Very slight soiling, spine a little darkened. Item #409178
First edition, Copy No. 40 of 55 copies on Shizuoka Japan Vellum, of a limited signed edition of 255. This is actually the (a) dedication copy, although neither the limited, signed edition nor the trade has a printed dedication. The copy is inscribed by Hergesheimer below his signature on the limitation page: "to Sara Chandler this book without any dedication since accident robbed it of her name. JH [in monogram]. WestChester, Pennsylvania. 10.15.1926." There is no indication of what the "accident" was – presumably a publisher's omission.
A very good copy of this novel about an undercover agent in an oil-rich sheikdom who seduces the wife of an oil executive. It was the basis for the 1933 movie, 'The Woman I Stole', starring Fay Wray and Jack Holt. Merle Johnson, p.248. (BA).