With an Autograph Letter Signed by W. D. Howells

    W[illiam] D[ean] Howells. The Flight of Pony Baker. A Boy's Town Story. Illustrated. New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1902.

    First edition. Octavo (7.3125 x 4.9375 inches; 186 x 125 mm.). [2, blank], v, [1, blank], 222, [1], [1, blank] pages. Frontispiece (with tissue guard) and seven plates by Florence Scovel Shinn. Title printed in red and black.

    Publisher's red cloth with front cover pictorially stamped in black and lettered in silver and spine ruled in black and lettered in silver. Spine very slightly faded, minor rubbing to corners and spine extremities. Slightly over-opened in a few places, a few corners gently creased, tiny tear to outer edge of plate facing p. 4, short tear to lower blank margin of pp. 173/174, short tear to upper margin of pp. 177/178, entering the text. Otherwise a near fine copy. Chemised in a quarter black morocco over red cloth slipcase with spine lettered in gilt (stamp-signed on the chemise liner: "Bound by J. Desmonts / J. Mac Donald Co. / Norwalk, Conn.").

    Laid in is an Autograph Letter Signed by W. D. Howells to a young female admirer, on 40 West Fifty-Ninth Street letterhead: "March 10, 1896. / Dear Florence Davis: / It was very / kind of you to think / of writing to me, and / I thank you for your / sweet little letter. / I wish I could / write some more / children's stories, and / I will promise to do so / if you will stay a / little girl long enough / to read them. / Yours sincerely / W. D. Howells." One small octavo page (6.9375 x 4.4375 inches; 176 x 112 mm.) on the recto of half of a folded leaf.

    BAL 9748. Blanck, Peter Parley to Penrod, p. 117.

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