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BROWN, Forman.

Spider Kin.

Illustrations by Marian Brand.

Chicago: Robert Packard & Company, 1929 Stock Code: 117759
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First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "For Mr and Mrs Parker - a very meager recognition of all their kindness - Forman Brown" on the front free endpaper. The cloth issue with the illustrated jacket precedes the wrappered version, which was issued with a jacket retrospectively advertising this cloth issue and its "webbed boards".

This is the first book of noted gay author Forman Brown, also remembered for writing, under the pseudonym Richard Meeker, the 1933 novel Better Angel, about a young man coming to terms with his homosexuality. It is seen as one of the first American novels to view being gay in a positive light. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1922 Brown began travelling in Europe and the United States with a group of strolling puppet players serving as puppeteer and playwright, eventually establishing the noted Turnabout Puppet Theatre in Los Angeles, which drew celebrity attention and support from Greta Garbo, Marie Dressler, Douglas Fairbanks, and even Albert Einstein.

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Octavo. Specially bound green-cloth backed green spider-web patterned boards, titles to spine and front cover gilt. With the illustrated dust jacket.


Frontispiece and 3 full-page woodcuts, all with spider-web patterned glassine guards.


Light rubbing to spine ends and tips, an excellent copy in the jacket with chipping to spine and folds of flap ends, some missing, closed tear to head of rear panel, tape repair to verso.


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