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    A Magnificent Copy of this Title, Inscribed by the Author

    Ambrose Bierce. Shapes of Clay. San Francisco: W.E. Wood, Publisher, 1903.

    First edition, first issue. Inscribed by Bierce in on the front free endpaper: "For / Fred Shrader Esqr / with the author's com- / pliments. / Ambrose Bierce / Washington, D.C., / April 15, 1904. " Octavo. Frontispiece photograph of author.

    Blue-green and purple pictorial cloth decoratively stamped in gilt on front cover and spine. Top edge gilt, other untrimmed. Both hinges over-opened and cracking, ex-library copy with withdrawn stamp from the University of Virginia. Altogether, still a wonderful, brilliant copy in very good condition overall. Color armorial bookplate of Clifton Waller Barrett on the front pastedown. Housed in a cloth chemise and a custom cloth slipcase.

    "A large part of the first edition of this volume was destroyed, it is said, in the San Francisco fire." --Starrett, pages 48-49.

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