New York, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. First. Hard cover in illustrated boards. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #336
The first novel by the notoriously private Mississippi Delta native Donna Tartt. The Secret History snuck up on the literary scene in 1992 and would develop a dedicated fandom of her intentionally short bibliography. John Mullen of The Guardian, I believe, summed up the novel’s draw the best. He outlined the ten reasons why we love the book: It starts with a murder, loves ancient Greece, it has the best elements of a campus novel, it has a classic lonely narrator, it is full of quotations, it has a charismatic master of ceremonies, it is obsessed with beauty, it believes in fate, it is possessed by Dionysus, and it lets you in on secrets. Signed by the author in purple ink on the half title page. 6 x 9.5 inches. 523 numbered pages. A near fine copy in a very good jacket. Some light bumps to boards and the head and foot of spine. Acetate jacket has scuffing as common. I cannot image the logic used to select a clear acetate jacket! Printed text and author photograph unmarred. A beautiful copy of the scarce signed first edition in collectable condition.