New York: The Macmillan Company, 1906. Bailey, Vernon Howe and Ralph, Lester. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 2 of 200 copies printed on Japan vellum, octavo size, 420 pp., signed by Owen Wister. Near Fine / Good. Item #13121401
Owen Wister was an American writer and is known as the father of western fiction - his most famous work, "The Virginian", is widely regarded as being the first cowboy novel. A classmate and friend of Teddy Roosevelt's, like him Wister was attracted to the culture and lore of the West, and on a visit to Yellowstone in 1893 he met Frederic Remington who remained a lifelong friend. This novel, Lady Baltimore, published four years after The Virginian, is set in the East yet shares a similar theme of searching for aristocratic roots in everyday personas.
Limited edition of 200 copies printed on Japan vellum, this being number 2, with dust jacket and publisher's slipcase. Signed by the author on the limitation page, with a tipped-in note on front free endpaper which states 'This is a presentation copy containing author's autograph.'
___DESCRIPTION: Tan paper boards with author and title in a darker tan outlined in gilt, vellum spine with same lettering, top-edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Dust jacket is light brown woven paper with similar lettering outlined in dark brown, slipcase also a light tan cardboard. Tipped in note as referred to above on front free endpaper denoting a signed Presentation copy, same note pasted to the side of the slipcase. Octavo size (approx. 8.5" tall), pagination: (i)-xiv, 1-406.
___CONDITION: The book is near fine, minor rubbing to tail of the spine, corners are perfect, text block and hinges are strong and solid, free of prior owner markings, interior is clean and bright. Dust jacket good only with several large chips due mostly to the jacket having been cut larger than the book, and so apparently often caught when returning the book to the slipcase. Slipcase is overall very good with no creases or tears, however does exhibit overall soiling.
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