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Old Lines in New Black and White: Lines from Lowell, Holmes, Whittier with Illustrations by F. Hopkinson Smith

Smith, Francis Hopkinson; James Russell Lowell; Oliver Wendell Holmes; John Greenleaf Whittier

Published by Houghton and Mifflin, Copyright 1885, 1886
Condition: Fair Soft cover
From Frost Pocket Farm - IOBA (Fleetville, PA, U.S.A.)

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First edition (1886 date on title but copyright 1885; no additional printings listed, probably intended for sale during 1885 Christmas season). Consists of a 15 1/4 x 21 inch original gray cloth portfolio with a wax ribbon seal containing two free endpapers , title and copyright pages, contents page and then 12 single sided 15x20 3/4 inch sheets with excerpts from "Under the Willows" by Lowell, "Last Walk in Autumn" by Whittier, and "The Crooked Footpath" by Holmes, each accompanied by an appropriate black and white plate, 12 in all, by Smith, phototyped by the Lewis Co. The portfolio is fair to good, heavily soiled and smudged, with a tear along the length of the side edge of the right flap. The endpapers, title page, contents and poems are age yellowed, with several having 1/2 to 1 inch deep creases along edges, and occasional tears and chips. Happily the plates, mostly bucolic, of the Romantic school with a hint of Impressionism, are on much better quality ivory-white paper with the thickness and heft of thin flexible cardboard. Each has some relatively moderate foxing along the blank borders and reverse side, with only some rather rare, stray spots of foxing on the illustrations themselves. Plate I has a 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep crease along most of the top edge with a 2 inch tear along the fold, a 1/2 to 3/4 x 5 inch long crease on lower edge, Plate II has a 1/4-1/2 x 4 inch crease along the lower edge, Plate VII has smudging on the blank borders, Plate X has some irregular tanning on the upper border and a 1/2 x 3 inch crease on the lower corner. All said, if matted, these peccadilloes would lose their significance, and indeed, the prints are of the type often seen framed and going for rather high prices, which was probably the fate of most copies of this interesting book. Art; prints; plates; Victorian; gift book; poems; literature. HEAVY & OVERSIZED. Bookseller Inventory # 45171

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Title: Old Lines in New Black and White: Lines from...

Publisher: Houghton and Mifflin, Copyright 1885

Publication Date: 1886

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fair

Edition: 1st Edition

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