The World Awheel.
With Fac-similes of Water Color Paintings by ... Edited by Volney Streamer.
First and only edition. Extremely uncommon, just 8 copies listed on OCLC, all in North America, no copies traced at auction. Wonderful Gibson Girl-style illustrations on a cycling theme. The twelve images, originally published by the Frederick A. Stokes Company in their Cycling World Calendar, represent bicyclistes of different nationalities; “they are Frenchy in subject, but have much action and good colour, and are strongly drawn” (New York Times), two feature American subjects, both in New York locations, Riverside Drive and Central Park. The original artwork was offered for sale at the Keppel Gallery in 1898. The plates are accompanied by a selection of prose and poetry inspired by the cycling craze. An attractive and highly-presentable copy, pencilled gift inscription to the front free endpaper of Samuel B. Cator, proprietor of the City Book Company, “a place where the Baltimore literati gathered” (Miller, The Scent of Eternity: A Life of Harris Elliott Kirk of Baltimore, p.659). On his death in 1921 the shop closed, and Cator was obituarized as one of “the quaintest, most original, most unworldly and most enjoyable geniuses that ever lived”.
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Quarto. Original green half cloth and diaper-textured silver paper floral printed boards, title gilt to the spine, and to the upper board with gilt bicycle device and decorative silver ribbon and wheel devices, top edge gilt. 12 high-quality chromolithographic plates including the frontispiece. A little rubbed and lightly soiled, some professional restoration at the extremities and to the front, closed tear to front free endpaper and half-title also professionally repaired, light browning throughout as usual, overall a very good copy.