Greenville, MS: The Levee Press, 1948. First Edition. Hardcover. Her first limited edition, this being copy #237 of 750 SIGNED by Welty as issued in decorated boards. Additionally INSCRIBED on the front free endpaper by Welty for William Archibald "with all best wishes + admiration" and SIGNED by her on 26 May 1956. Archibald wrote the lyrics and book for the Broadway shows CARIB SONG in 1945 and THE CRYSTAL HEART in 1960. Welty at the approximate time of the inscription in this book still had hopes that Archibald would be interested in creating a musical from her novel THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, a project that never was realized though its origins were as early as 1950. With Archibald's bookplate on the front pastedown. A scarce title to find inscribed, let alone with an inscription of any importance. Near Fine with minor soiling and a bit of wear to the spine label. Item #010511

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