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    Thomas Bailey Aldrich. The Story of a Bad Boy. Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1870. First edition, first state, with a check signed by Aldrich laid in.

    First edition, first state, with a check signed by Aldrich laid in. Octavo (). 261, [3, blank], 23 [ads], [1, blank] pp. With two plates and intertextual illustrations throughout.

    Publisher's green cloth, boards stamped in blind, smooth spine stamped in gilt, brown coated endpapers. With the bookplate of renowned book collector Charles C. Auchincloss affixed to front pastedown. Gift inscription from 1874 to recto of front flyleaf, ownership inscription to upper margin of page 8. Light shelf wear to board extremities, including a tiny bit of loss to lower outer corner of front board. Light marginal foxing throughout, as is often the case, and some spots to upper outer margin of pages 137-144. Overall, a very good copy chemise in a gilt half green morocco slipcase.

    A charming copy of this classic work of children's literature from the library of famous bibliophile Charles Auchincloss, with a substantial check laid in at the front of the book. Aldrich made out the $10,000 New-England Trust Company check to his son Talbot on June 29, 1899; with a 2-cent series 1898 documentary stamp, it is signed by the author and endorsed by his son on the reverse.

    BAL 269. Peter Parley to Penrod 35.


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