DescriptionJames Whitcomb Riley. Four First Editions, including: The Boss Girl. Two copies: one in wrappers, one in cloth; both very good. [and:] The Elocutionist's Annual, Number 16. Contains "An Old Sweetheart of Mine." Near fine. [and:] Pipes O' Pan at Zekesbury. Good.
This lot contains: The Boss Girl, A Christmas Story, and Other Sketches. Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Co., 1886. First edition. Octavo. Original illustrated wrappers. 263 pages, plus ads. Green wrappers illustrated by Newton Booth Tarkington. Wrappers chipped; some paper loss to spine. Bookplate to inside front cover. In chemise and custom gilt-stamped book-backed slipcase. In overall very good condition. Per BAL 16535, this appears to the [J] copy with sheets of the third printing. Booth Tarkington was seventeen years old when this book was published; he was a friend and neighbor of Riley, and this is perhaps the first appearance of the novelist's work (in this case artistic rather than literary) in book form. [and:] The Boss Girl, A Christmas Story, and Other Sketches. Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Co., 1886. First edition. Octavo. 263 pages. Illustrated blue-stamped tan cloth boards. Coated brown endpapers. Top edge stained blue-gray. Binding lightly soiled; spine darkened. Front hinge cracked. In chemise and custom gilt-stamped book-backed slipcase. Very good. Appears to be a third printing "unseen" variant of BAL 16535 [D], with blue stamping rather than black. [and:] Mrs. J. W. Shoemaker (compiler). The Elocutionist's Annual, Number 16, Containing the Latest and Best Selections For Reading or Recitation. Philadelphia: National School of Elocution and Oratory, 1888. First edition. Small octavo. Original printed wrappers. 202 pages, plus 22 pages of ads. Paper a bit toned; some chipping along spine. In a chemise and custom gilt-stamped book-backed slipcase. Overall, the book is in remarkable condition. Near fine. Contains Riley's poem "An Old Sweetheart of Mine." BAL 16550. [and:] Pipes O' Pan at Zekesbury. Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Co., 1889. First edition. Small octavo. 245 pages. Publisher's brown cloth over orange cloth, with gilt lettering and black- and blind-stamped floral devices. Floral-patterned endpapers. Top edge gilt. Binding slightly cocked. Boards rubbed with wear to extremities. Front hinge cracked; rear hinge broken. Bookplate. In chemise and custom gilt-stamped book-backed slipcase. Good. BAL 16558.
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