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    William Dean Howells. A Boy's Town Described for Harper's Young People. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1890. With a one-page ALS laid in.

    First edition, first state, with a one-page ALS laid in. Octavo (7.3125 x 4.875 inches; 186 x 124 mm.). [2], vi, 247, [1, blank] pp. With intertextual vignettes and twenty-three plates.

    Publisher's blue-green cloth, front border with elaborate border stamped in silver around side title and Howell's facsimile signature stamped in gilt, spine with a similar motif stamped in silver and lettered in gilt. Small twentieth century bookplate ("Soule") affixed to front pastedown. Some light shelf wear to board edges, otherwise a near-fine copy chemised in a gilt quarter green morocco slipcase.

    A lovely copy of one of Harte's most delightful reminiscences, and a classic of children's literature. This copy with a one-page ALS written in black ink, dated April 12, 1890, and sent from Boston to a "Mr. Turner." In the letter Howells inquires about renting a cottage for the summer.

    BAL 9654. Peter Parley to Penrod, 92.

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