Trial Proof Copy Number One Signed by Markham, Wall, and Skiff[Bernhardt Wall, illustrator]. Edwin Markham. "The Man With the Hoe." Lime Rock, Connecticut: Printed and Published by Bernhardt Wall the Etcher of Books, 1936.
Limited edition, designated as trial copy number one and signed by both Wall and Markham on the limitation page. Additionally inscribed and signed by Wall on the front free endpaper: "To Mr. Frederick Woodward Skiff, / with my deepest regards / and respect / [small ink drawing of a man hauling a wheelbarrow] / Bernhardt Wall / December 1936 / [at bottom] From Houston Texas." Folio. With thirty-five etched plates, twenty-three of which are signed by Wall at the bottom in pencil.
Publisher's gray pebbled cloth spine over plain paper boards with a title label inset into the upper front cover. In the original plain paper dust jacket with a paper spine title label. Bookplate of renowned book collector Frederick W. Skiff affixed to the front pastedown with his pencil notations. Offsetting to front blank from a laid-in newspaper clipping. Minor blistering to front pastedown. Mild uneven toning to paper jacket. Overall, a near fine copy of a unique book.
Skiff's notations on the front pastedown read as follows: "35 etched plates / being number one / of the plates - / Trial proofs / autographed by Edwin Markham - Age 84 - / upon etched title (here-in)." Skiff has also written a note on the front panel of the dust jacket that reads, "'The Man With the Hoe' / by Edwin Markham / Etched by Bernhardt Wall. / Presentation copy of No. 1 / from the etcher to Frederick W. Skiff / Autographed by Edwin Markham."
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