XP; Wanted! Young, Skinny Wiry Fellows, Orphans Preferred. Alison M. Bailey.
XP; Wanted! Young, Skinny Wiry Fellows, Orphans Preferred
XP; Wanted! Young, Skinny Wiry Fellows, Orphans Preferred
XP; Wanted! Young, Skinny Wiry Fellows, Orphans Preferred
XP; Wanted! Young, Skinny Wiry Fellows, Orphans Preferred

XP; Wanted! Young, Skinny Wiry Fellows, Orphans Preferred

[Santa Barbara]: Runaway Horse Press, 2012. Limited Edition. Leather bound. No. 11 of 100 deluxe copies, octavo size, 294 pp., signed by Alison M. Bailey. Fine. Item #21092401

The title of this work, "XP" is taken from the brand used on Pony Express horses; this novel is set with the world of the Pony Express as a back-drop. Per the web site, "Set in 1861 in the Nevada Great Basin, XP follows the orphan James Donovan as he rides for the legendary Pony Express. Galloping for twenty-four hours straight, he carries whisper-thin mail, crossing a desolate land - dangerous, yet terrifyingly beautiful. Two clashing worlds battle for his identity - the Paiute Indians who helped raise him, and the Mormons who tried to capture his soul."

This one of the one hundred deluxe edition copies, bound in full goatskin by Kater-Crafts Bookbinders in Pico Rivera (California), with the lettering on the front board stamped with 22-karat gold, with Italian hand-marbled endpapers from Atelier Flavio Aquilina in the pattern "Snail Combed Blue" (based on an antique model), coated with beeswax; overall a stunning production.

The author, Alison Bailey, studied poetry with James McMichael at UC-Irvine and taught school in Northern Arizona, which enabled her to observe Native American ceremonies; this her first novel.

___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full goatskin leather, 22-karat gold lettering stamped onto the front, spine with gold lettering and blind-stamped decorations, blind-stamped turn-ins, marbled endpapers, on the front pastedown is an archival reproduction of an etching from the Harper's Weekly (November 23, 1861) showing "The first telegraphic message from California", the frontis a reproduction of an etching by Edward Borein ("Black Tail Deer"); octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), pagination: [1-10] 11-284, [1 blank], [music sheet], [1 blank], [Acknowledgements], [1 blank], [Author Bio], [1 blank], [colophon], [1 blank], [limitation page, signed by Alison Bailey on a tipped-in sheet]. In the publisher's box of ivory cardstock with four flaps, paper label with black lettering, copy no. 11 marked in pencil; accompanied by the publisher's announcement, a postcard measuring 6" by 3 15/16", with a colour illustration on the front and information on the book on the back.

___CONDITION: Fine; the leather smooth and unrubbed, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, clean and bright, and free of any prior owner markings; the box near fine with a hint of wear, the postcard announement fine. The volume appears unread, it is clean and crisp, as new.

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Price: $250.00

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