Parnassus on Wheels.[Signed Presentaion copy of the First Edition with 2 ALS/autograph letters...

Parnassus on Wheels.[Signed Presentaion copy of the First Edition with 2 ALS/autograph letters, signed to Paul Lemperly; The Katherine Parsons copy].

Morley, Christopher & Paul Lemperly

Published by Garden City New York Doubleday, Page & Company 1917. First edition with signed inscription, 2 autograph letters, signed & Paul Lemperly (E. D. French bookplate).
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4 1/2 x 7", (viii), 190pp.+colophon page. Tan cloth spine with title, design of wagon, author's name & publisher gilt on spine; gray paper-covered boards with scene of horse-drawn wagon at top & title & author's name near bottom of front cover; similar design & title & verses & quotes printed in black on thick, yellow/tan paper dustjacket, titles, book design, price on dj. spine & ads for David Grayson titles on back dj. panel, inner flaps. Book overall, in fine condition; slight wear to front right lower cover corner, dusting to top edge; dustjacket has been strengthened with tan paper slips pasted to back of jacket at top & bottom of spine area, spine of dj. shows slight, age-related darkening, minor rubbing/wear to edges, corners, 2 small spilts to front left dj. hinge; dj. preserved with an acetate wraparound. A split to the paper on one letter. In an attractive slipcase with chemise; slipcase spine features a dark brown morocco leather with 5 raised bands, gilt title & author name, and: "Inscribed Copy First Issue 1917", lighter brown cloth sides & similar cloth with marbled paper on wraparound chemise. Lower spine end of slipcase shows minor rubbing. With Cleveland, Ohio-based book collector, author, & Rowfant Club member, Paul Lemperly's E. D. French (1897) bookplate on the front paste down; this plate printed in brown ink features a reading monk surrounded by books/authors that Lemperly collected: Eugene Field, Kipling, Stevenson, etc. The Morley inscription is on the facing first front flyleaf: "This is pledged & guaranteed as an absolute First Issue of the First Printing of a queer and very humble little book, signed for Paul Lemperly on an excelsior occasion, with fraternal regards, by [signed] Christopher Morley Cleveland [Ohio]-April 28, 1931- A-o D-I-". Next, follows a handwritten bibliographic note by Paul Lemperly, on a separate sheet, inserted in this copy: “This is one of the earliest copies of the first edition, with ‘vibrating’ on [dust]wrapper instead of ‘beating’ as in next to last line, p. 146. It was corrected later, but without wrapper, such identification not possible. Mr. Merle Johnson points out that first editions may be known by printing of Y [.] ears, page 4 line 8, but this no proof of earliest distribution. Another mark of a first edition is the dropped ‘l’, in goldenrod, line 11, p 169. As this has become a book of note & value such details can not be overlooked. P.L. (1931)”. All these points are present in this copy. Inserted in front are 2 folded Morley letters (most likely unpublished) on 2 different (8 1/2 x 11") printed stationaries with letterheads: The Old Rialto Theatre Under Mangement of Christopher Morley […] 118-120 Hudson Street Hoboken, New Jersey “Thanksgiving Day, 1928 Dear Mr Lemperly – I wish I could help in re the matter of ‘Parnassus’ jackets, but my memory is a complete blank – No one has ever raised the question before – It is possible (not Probable) that someone at Garden City might be able to verify the matter, I’m sending your letter on to Dan Longwell at Doubleday’s (who is, incidently, the ‘Grub Street Runner’ of the sketch so entitled in ‘Off The Deep End’- Forgive brevity: I have sprained my right thumb & writing is a little awkward – Always with friendliest greetings, Yrs indeed [signed] Christopher Morley”. And the second letter: Green Escape Roslyn Heights New York “April 12, 1930 Dear Mr. Lemperly – Of course I should be very pleased and proud to have a special edition of ‘Parnassus on Wheels’ done by the Rowfant Club – and I quite agree that it should be in a small format – preferably 12mo I think? A. E. N. (Newton) has the original MS. Which I gave him some years ago, perhaps it wd amuse you to facsimile a page or so of it? I am sending on your letter to Doubleday Doran and Co., and believe they will have no possible objection – With my best compliments to the Club and sincere gratification in this delightfull suggestion, Yours cordially Christopher Morley. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Parnassus on Wheels.[Signed Presentaion copy...
Publisher: Garden City New York Doubleday, Page & Company 1917. First edition with signed inscription, 2 autograph letters, signed & Paul Lemperly (E. D. French bookplate).
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition

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