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Erdrich, Louise & Dorris, Michael. THE CROWN OF COLUMBUS. New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 382 pages. Fine. Signed.

The authors' debut and only collaborative novel. Limited Edition of 400 numbered and signed copies. None of the copies was sold to the public. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A stunningly beautiful production by HarperCollins: Regular-sized volume format. Deep blue linen cloth boards with gilt titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris. Dazzling tropical-motif pictorial hard board slipcase. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the authors' love-story novel set in the time of Christopher Columbus. Hence the title. Louise Erdrich, a member of the Chippewa Tribe, and Michael Dorris, a member of the Modoc Tribe, were the most celebrated Native-American writing couple of the late-20th century until his tragic suicide upon the break-up of their marriage, which until then seemed perfect, with the authors actively involved in each other's writing, dedicating each new and luminous book to each other, culminating in this first and only collaboration. There is little doubt that their work will outlive the tragedy that ended in Michael Dorris' death by his own hand. A "must-have" title for Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris collectors. This copy is Number 218, indicated as such on the Front Limitation Page, and is very prominently and beautifully signed by Louise Erdrich (in black fountain pen) and by Michael Dorris (in blue pen). This edition was not commercially sold and is now highly collectible. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time even though it went into multiple subsequent printings. This is one of very few copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Two of the most brilliant American writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LOUISE ERDRICH AND MICHAEL DORRIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0060160799. $100.00

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