New York: The Limited Editions Club [printed at the Lane Press], 1965. Groth, John. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 351 of 1500, quarto size, 384 pp., signed by John Groth, with announcement and LEC Monthly Letter. Fine / near fine. Item #18102502
A master of the short story form, William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), known by his pen name O. Henry, was a prolific writer whose works are known for their gentle humour and twist endings; his story "The Gift of the Magi" is perhaps his best known and most beloved tale, with numerous adaptations and parodies having been made since its publication. This volume by The Limited Editions Club contains an array of stories by O. Henry, with illustrations by American painter John Groth (1908-1988), whose animated mark making renders the characters and scenes of the stories with a spirited energy.
___DESCRIPTION: Full olive-striped cloth, red leather spine label with gilt lettering, ruled borders, and ornaments, title page with illustration by John Groth in brown, full-colour watercolours by Groth throughout, some double-page, brown line drawings by Groth throughout; monotype Baskerville, white wove paper, quarto size (11.25" by 7.75"), pagination: [i-vii] viii-xiv [xv-xvi] 1-366  [1, colophon], one of 1500 copies, this number 351, signed by John Groth on the colophon. With announcement, one sheet, and LEC Monthly Letter, one sheet folded once. In a glassine wrapper, in a slipcase covered in brown paper with a cream paper spine label with brown lettering, ruled borders, and ornaments.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings. The announcement and Newsletter are fine, clean and without wear, the Newsletter with only the original mailing fold. The glassine wrapper is near fine, clean, without wear except for slight edge wear to the creases, some minor chipping to the tail of the spine, and some sunning to the spine. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean overall with the hint of a stray mark or two, very slight rubbing to the corners, and top corner of the spine is gently bumped.
___CITATION: LEC no. 374.
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