First illustrated edition. Owner bookplate on front flyleaf, otherwise an exceptional copy. 1929 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 343 pp. 8vo. Closely following the original 1927 printing, this edition was designed by Elmer Adler and printed by the Plimpton Press of Norwood, Massachusetts, on paper manufactured by Curtis and Brother of Newark, Delaware. Art deco illustrations by Harold Von Schmidt appear throughout, which were photo-engraved by Federal Photo-Engraving Corporation of New York. Willa Cather’s story of the missionary priest Father Jean Marie Latour and his work of faith in the wilderness of the Southwest is told with a spare but sensuous directness and profound artistry. When Latour arrives in 1851 in the territory of New Mexico, newly acquired by the United States, what he finds is a vast desert region of red hills and tortured arroyos that is American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief. Over the next four decades, Latour works gently and tirelessly to spread his faith and to build a soaring cathedral out of the local golden rock—while contending with unforgiving terrain, derelict and sometimes rebellious priests, and his own loneliness. Death Comes for the Archbishop shares a limitless, craggy beauty with the New Mexico landscape of desert, mountain, and canyon in which its central action takes place, and its evocations of that landscape and those who are drawn to it suggest why Cather is acknowledged without question as the most poetically exact chronicler of the American frontier.