The Autograph Edition of The Works of Booth Tarkington

    Booth Tarkington. The Works of Booth Tarkington. [In Twelve Volumes]. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1918.

    Autograph Edition. Limited to 565 numbered copies (this copy being No. 34), signed by Booth Tarkington. Twelve octavo volumes (8.4375 x 5.25 inches; 214 x 134 mm.), of an eventual twenty-seven. Photogravure frontispieces, in two states, one colored. Volume V (Penrod) with eleven full-page illustrations and chapter headings by Gordon Grant in addition to the frontispiece. Descriptive tissue guards. Title-pages and limitation statements printed in brown and black.

    Bound by Stikeman & Co. (stamp-signed on the verso of the front free endpaper) in three-quarter dark blue levant morocco, ruled in gilt, over blue cloth boards. Spines decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt in compartments with three raised bands. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Spines very slightly faded, minimal rubbing to extremities. Minimal foxing to edges. A few volumes over-opened following the title. A near fine set.

    Booth Tarkington (1869-1946), "American novelist and dramatist, best known for his satirical and sometimes romanticized pictures of American Midwesterners...He won early recognition with the melodramatic novel The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), reflecting his disillusionment with the corruption in the law-making process. His humorous portrayals of boyhood and adolescence, Penrod (1914), Penrod and Sam (1916), Seventeen (1916), and Gentle Julia (1922), became young-people's classics. He was equally successful with his portrayals of Midwestern life and character: The Turmoil (1915), The Magnificent Ambersons (1918; film, 1942), and The Midlander (1923), combined as the trilogy Growth (1927), and The Plutocrat (1927). Alice Adams (1921), a searching character study, is perhaps his most finished novel. He continued his delineations of female character in Claire Ambler (1928), Mirthful Haven (1930), and Presenting Lily Mars (1933) and wrote several domestic novels in his later years" (Merriam-Webster¹s Encyclopedia of Literature).

    Currie, pp. 147-148. Russo and Sullivan, p. 211.

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