First edition, first printing of Tales of the South Pacific, signed by James A. Michener on a bookplate.
Octavo, v, , 326pp. Orange-beige cloth, title printed in blue on spine, light rubbing to edges. Stated “first printing” on copyright page. Solid text block, toning to leaves as expected. Housed in a facsimile dust jacket. This copy is signed by the author on a bookplate affixed to the front free endpaper. An attractive copy.
Tales of the South Pacific is the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of short stories by author James A. Michener. It follows his experience during World War II while stationed at Vanuatu. It was later adapted into a Broadway Musical (South Pacific) by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Michener won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948 and would go on to write over forty books during his lifetime.