IRVING, John. The Cider House Rules. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1985.
Large 8vo., original half brown cloth over textured cream boards; apple device in gilt to upper cover and gilt direct to spine; matching cream end papers; in the original glassine wrapper; pp. 560; a fine copy, spine slightly warped with a couple of very light white marks; glassine a little darkened to spine, with some small creases and tears.
First trade edition, signed by the author to the front free endpaper. It is unknown how many such copies were produced, but it is likely that they were distributed selectively to generate buzz - or reward selected customer for the upcoming publication.
A wonderful coming-of-age novel, set during WWII. It was adapted into a film of the same name released in 1999 and starring Tobey Maguire as the protagonist Homer Wells.