LINDSAY, Nicholas Vachel.

Group of three inscribed works.

The Congo: The Chinese Nightingale; The Golden Book of Springfield.

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1914-20 Stock Code: 115267
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First editions, except The Chinese Nightingale, 1919 (first published 1917). Uniformly bound for Thomas Rénaud Rutter, and each signed and inscribed by Lindsay on the first blanks: the first to Renaud's mother, Mrs. Louise Warren Rutter, with her bookplate to verso of the front free endpaper facing; the second with "My most fraternal good wishes to Thomas Rutter"; the last "Good wishes and good will to Thomas Rutter" with the first three lines from Lindsay's ambiguous paean to the city of both his and Rutter's birth, "Magical Springfield": "In this - the city of my discontent/Sometimes there comes a whisper from the grass/ Romance, romance is here", initialled on the front free endpaper verso. The latter two works have Rutter's nautically-themed bookplate.

Springfield native Thomas Rénaud Rutter, the son of tea importer and engineer J. E. T. Rutter, was a Princeton-educated lawyer who at one time served on the staff of the Judge Advocate General of the US Army, before becoming an attorney for the American Sugar Refining Co. He retired to California in 1927, sometime commodore of the Newport Beach Yacht Club. All of the inscriptions are dated 12 May 1921 in Plainfield, NJ, home town of his wife Abbie, née Holstein. A not unattractively, if rather stiffly, bound group of the works of the "Prairie Troubadour", who was famed for his declamatory, performance poetry, with a pleasing Springfield association.

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3 volumes octavo (188 x 123 mm). Uniformly bound in contemporary black hard-grained morocco, titles gilt to spines, low bands, devices to the compartments, gilt panels to the boards, recipient's monogram within a laurel wreath to the front boards, marbled endpapers.


City flag in colours to the title page of the last-named.


Lightly rubbed at the extremities, pale toning of the text-blocks, but overall very good.


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