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Anne of Green Gables by  L.M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery - First Edition - 1908 - from LaCelle Rare Books (SKU: 14946)

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

by Montgomery, L.M. (Lucy Maud)

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New York: L.C. Page & Company, 1908. Hardcover. Good+/Fair.

New York: L.C. Page & Company, (1908).

Very Early Printing (Sixteenth Impression, December, 1909).


Good+ in Fair Dust Jacket. Front hinge cracked else tight binding; pages pretty clean; contemporary owner's inscription on half-title page; lacking front endpaper; moderate wear; dust jacket is worn with several chips, several tears, and a little scuffing and soil; not without faults but very rare.

A very early example of the great classic in dust jacket. Superlatively scarce. One of less than five copies 1909 or earlier in dust jacket we have knowledge of, only one of which appeared on the public market. That copy appeared at auction at Sotheby's in 2010 with a $20,000 to $30,000 estimate but was removed from the sale before the auction date. So no copies this early in jacket have actually been auctioned in the last 100 years. 

Because no copies of the first printing in dust jacket are known to exist, this is a collector's best bet for an early jacketed example. If a first printing were to surface, you'd be looking at $75,000 to $100,000+. 

We also have the rare first printing of Anne of the Island in dust jacket listed at this time.



Anne of Green Gables is the first novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. The story tells of the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in Prince Edward Island. Like many of her contemporaries, Montgomery did not consider submitting her first novel to a Canadian publisher, convinced that a more lucrative deal could be made with an American firm. The novel was completed in 1905, but was rejected by four major American publishing houses, and it was not until 1907 that Montgomery found a publisher. L.C. Page & Co. finally published Anne of Green Gables in 1908. Anne of Green Gables has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into more than 30 languages. Following the success of her first novel, Montgomery went on to write seven more books about Anne, following the beloved protagonist through adulthood and motherhood. Several novels in the series have been adapted and made into a successful television miniseries. Montgomery museums, plays, and houses on Prince Edward Island draw international visitors.

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On Sep 17 2017, a reader said:
For juveniles? Realy? I am 58 and always liked it. And tears drop on my cheeks every time.

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Anne of Green Gables
Montgomery, L.M. (Lucy Maud)
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New York: L.C. Page & Company
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