James Whitcomb Riley. The Writings of James Whitcomb Riley. New Castle: C. B. Randall, 1913.

    The Elizabeth Marine Riley Edition, one of 150 numbered sets, this being copy number XVIII ("printed and bound for Mr. John C. Stubbs, Ashland Ohio"). This set is signed by Riley, and has a Typed Letter Signed by him tipped-in to volume I. Six large octavo volumes. This set extra-illustrated with full-page plates and original watercolors and ornaments by Glenn Henshaw, J. Alfred Seaford, H. Rex Cotton and Mary McAuley throughout (the watercolors are all signed by S. J. Beebee).

    Bound by the House of Randall in full Spanish marbled calf. Covers decoratively paneled in gilt and with gilt floral corner pieces, spines decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, gilt turn-ins, green moire silk doublures and endpapers, top edges gilt. Overall, an exceptionally beautiful set in near fine condition.

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    The tipped-in ALS is from Riley to his publisher C. B. Randall and reads as follows: "Miami, Florida, January the eighteenth, 1915. My Dear Randall, my very good friend in Cleveland has asked me to try and give Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Stubbs, Ashland, Ohio, an opportunity to own my wonderfull [sic] edition, which you have so abely [sic] published. You can assure these good people that I would feel a personal pride in having them own the set. I am waiting with great impatience for your company here. Love to Missie. As ever, James Whitcomb Riley by E.H.H." The Stubbs obviously received their set and in 1919 they in turn gifted it to Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Conway (presentation inscription on front free endpapers).

    Known as the Hoosier Poet, James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) wrote primarily in the Indiana dialect he heard everyday in his travels as a journalist and traveling artist. His poems and stories were extremely successful; he was the wealthiest American writer of his time.

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