UNDER THE MOUNTAIN WALL. A Chronicle of Two Seasons in…

UNDER THE MOUNTAIN WALL. A Chronicle of Two Seasons in the Stone Age.

Edition: First printing

New York: Viking, 1962. Second state (book club). Black cloth, endpaper maps. xvi, 256, xvi-xxxii (photo credits and index) pp. Main body of text printed on pale green paper. Photo plates inserted. A fine copy, no owner names. Black dust jacket has mild rubbing to spine folds and front flap fold, 1 cm tear to front panel, VG otherwise, no chips, flap price intact. The author's experiences in 1961 among a stone age people while with the Harvard-Peabody Expedition to New Guinea. This copy has the second grouping of plates placed between pp 160-61 instead of at the end where the author intended and in fact insisted they be in order not to interrupt his narrative. Such copies were the first bound, but the publisher caught the error before publication and sold almost all of those copies off to a book club and then corrected the placement for their own trade issue. The book club cancelled the contents leaf and supplied a new one (attached to the stub) which locates the plates in the place that they actually appear in the book, making a 2nd state of the first printing (the first published trade edition is actually the 2nd printing). Copies with the plates in the wrong place and with the contents leaf integral and incorrectly locating the plates are of the first state - quite rare as very few got out. At the bottom of the new contents leaf are the words "Book Club Edition", an unusual place for such a designation, and the only place on the book or jacket that phrase appears. The jacket is not a book club jacket, but the regular trade jacket. Obviously, the edition size of this book club issue is not the large number of the typical book club edition.

Book ID: 21924
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