First edition, first issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to “my dear Page, since you have not read it, here is my book for you. I hope you will be pleased & entertained, yours ever, WM.” The recipient was Walter Hines Page, publisher of the first US edition later the same year. Frank Nelson Doubleday broke with partner Samuel McClure late in 1899 and entered business with Page, originally a journalist, to form Doubleday & Page, which “rapidly became a colossus” (Welky, Everything Was Better in America: Print Culture in the Great Depression, p. 158). Page later served as the US ambassador to the United Kingdom during the First World War. One of 3,000 copies printed; there was also a variant binding of brown cloth, with no priority assigned.
Octavo. Original blue-green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, titles and author’s symbol to front board gilt, publisher’s device to rear board in blind, bottom edge untrimmed. Extremities rubbed and bumped, mild wear to spine-ends with a short closed tear to headcap, pale mottling to lower outer corner of front board, a few small markings to rear, contents toned. A very good copy.
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