First edition, 8vo, 2 volumes; presentation copy "from the daughter of Emily Ellsworth Fowler Ford [i.e. the editor, Emily E.F. Skeel], Xmas 1913" to [name erased]. A note on the verso of each title reads "Printed by Kathleen Gordon Ford Turle, Rosalie Greenleaf Ford Barr, Grace Kidder Ford Williams, Emily Ellsworth Ford Skeel, Worthington Chauncey Ford, Roswell Skeel, Jr." A printer's imprint at the end of each volume shows that the book was printed in Glasgow by Robert Maclehose & Co. The work contains seven first printings of certain Webster materials (mostly extracts, letters and memoranda -- see Skeel 766). With two frontis portraits (browned from acidic tissue) and 7 plates; extremities lightly rubbed and with some slight chipping, spines soiled, else a good, sound set in orig. blue cloth. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Notes on the life of Noah Webster. Compiled ...
Publisher: privately printed, 1912 [i.e. 1913]
Book Description Privately Printed, New York, 1912. First edition, 2 vols., 8vo, 2 frontispieces and 7 plates, a very good copy in original blue cloth, gilt spines very lightly sunned, some wear to extremities and browning to free end-papers. "This work contains the first printing of [at least 6] certain Webster materials, other than letters" (Skeel 766). There are several interesting addenda and appendices, including those on Webster's library, his correspondence and relationship with Benjamin Franklin, and an 18-p. checklist of the writings of Noah Webster. The book is quite scarce, and was printed in a limited, but unspecified, number by the editor and 5 other members of the Ford-Skeel clan. This copy with a presentation inscription from the editor on front free endpaper: "For my dear Adelaide Skeel Kelly, from her affectionate Emily E. F. Skeel, June 10th, 1913 [the date of the book's issue].". Seller Inventory # 3204