Limited edition. Signed by author on slip affixed to front flyleaf. 1/4 inch ink mark on spine, otherwise an exceptional copy. 1977 Full-Leather. 512 pp. Limited edition genuine maroon leather hardcover binding with 22 karat gold design on spine and covers, four raised spine bands, gilt page ridges, decorative textured linen endpapers, cream ribbon marker. Charcoal illustrations by Howard Rogers. The Store is a 1932 novel by Thomas Sigismund Stribling. It won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1933. It is the second book of the Vaiden trilogy, comprising The Forge, The Store, and Unfinished Cathedral. Set in Florence, Alabama, this trilogy follows three generations of the Vaiden family. These three novels represent the best of Stribling and his ability to call forth the Southern landscapes, as well as the Southern heartaches during the period of the Civil War restoration. Stribling’s most famous novel, the Pulitzer Prize winning The Store (1932), is the second book in The Vaiden Trilogy. Returning to the story of Miltiades Vaiden, several years have passed since the closing of The Forge, who has since risen from his position of poor white boy to a respectful middle-class position. Where the first novel opened up at the beginning of the Civil War and ended with the abolishment of slavery, The Store picks up with the South establishing a new economic order. Vaiden and his wife own a profitable store in the small Florence town where Vaiden has no qualms creating an artificial friendship with some of the newly free local blacks, or even the now economically desperate whites, cheating them out of their money to insure his own success. -- Wikipedia ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Thomas Sigismund Stribling (March 4, 1881 - July 8, 1965) was an American writer and lawyer. He won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1933 for his novel The Store.