Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1904). Relyea, C. M., Vawter, Will. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 91 pp. Near fine. Item #19010807
The designs of Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944), utilising the Art Nouveau style and floral patterns, were a sensation in the publishing business; Armstrong created over 270 book designs, often for the works of well-known authors such as Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and George Washington Cable. In addition to designing books, Armstrong wrote books as well, including a comprehensive guide to wildflowers in the American West, which she also illustrated.
"The Defective Santa Claus" is a long poem by James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916), written in dialect as most of his poetry is; he was known as the "Hoosier Poet" during his life for his writing in the Midwest and Indiana dialect.
___DESCRIPTION: Full olive-green cloth with decorative pattern in green and red, gilt decorative oval border with title in gilt, all by Margaret Armstrong (unsigned), on the front board, decorative pattern in green and red with gilt lettering on the spine, frontispiece a black-and-white illustration, title page in black and pink, illustrations in black-and-white throughout, with a few in pink monochrome on the pages preceding and following the text; octavo size (8" by 5.25"), pagination: [i-x] 1-77 [78-81].
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards with bright gilt, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; some slight rubbing to the corners, spine and outer edges of the boards are lightly sunned, shallow bump to the fore-edge of the front board, there are some numbers written in pencil on the first page of the poem, a stamp of the initials "L. R. K." with the date stamped "Dec. 27 1960" on the front free endpaper, and a prior owner inscription in pen on the front free endpaper reading "A Merry Xmas / and / a Happy New Year / to 'Doc & Elsie'".
___CITATIONS: Gullans and Espey, no. 216; BAL no. 16668.
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