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The Gentleman from Indiana.

Published: New York: Doubleday & McClure Co., 1899

Stock code: 63864

Price: £450

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First edition, first printing of the author’s first novel. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “‘Well the old Triangle knew the music of our tread, How the peaceful Seminole would tremble in his bed.’ Newton Booth Tarkington”. This copy was probably inscribed for a friend from the author’s Princeton days, as these are the lyrics to the song of the Princeton Triangle Club, an amateur musical comedy troup named after the percussion instrument. “Seminole” here refers to seminary students. As president of the Princeton Dramatic Association, Tarkington wrote a musical parody of Julius Caesar that became the group’s first production after its name changed to Triangle Club the following year. He also started a campaign to raise money for the construction of a small building to house the club, which remained in use for 25 years. This copy also has an earlier ownership inscription of a Tarkington family member on the front pastedown.

Octavo. Original green cloth, titles and decoration to spine and upper board in red and yellow, green top-stain. Spine tanned, lightly rubbed at extremities, front hinge cracked and cover a little loose, faint toning to margins of contents. A very good copy.

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