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Father Damien: An Open Letter to the: STEVENSON, Robert Louis]

STEVENSON, Robert Louis]

Published by Printed for William Andrews Clark Jr. by John Henry Nash, San Francisco (1930)

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From: Randall House Rare Books (ABAA) (Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Printed for William Andrews Clark Jr. by John Henry Nash, San Francisco, 1930. Hardcover. Small folio. white parchment spine lettered in gilt over brown boards, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, in publisher's slipcase. One of 250 copies. With facsimile of original Sydney 1890 printing laid into identical covers. Father Joseph Damien, a Roman Catholic missionary to the Sandwich Islands, devoted the last 16 years of his life to the leper village of Kalawao on the island of Molokai. He eventually contracted leprosy himself in 1884 and died of the disease in 1889. After his death, Father Damien and his work became quite well-known, prompting Presbyterian Reverend H. B. Gage to write to Reverend Dr. Hyde, then in charge of the Presbyterian missions throughout the islands, asking him for a report of the life, character and service of Father Damien, for whom a monument was to be erected. Dr. Hyde responded with a private letter, dated August 2, 1889, which Gage published in the Sydney Presbyterian, a church periodical. Hyde's letter described Damien as "a coarse, dirty man, headstrong and bigoted," and asserted that Damien "did not stay at the leper settlement (before he became one himself), but circulated over the whole island (less than half of which is devoted to lepers)." Additionally, according to Hyde, Father Damien "had no hand in the reforms and improvements inaugurated.was not a pure man in his relations with women, and the leprosy of which he died should be attributed to his vice and carelessness." This letter so infuriated Stevenson, then residing in the islands in search of health, that the wrote this seething response, first printed, according to Prideaux, in The Australian Star, May 24, 1890.The present edition also contains Mr. Clark's own notes (printed) re the controversy. [Beinecke 506]. Fine. Covers of facsimile with damaged spine (facsimile itself is fine) With wrapper "Compliments of William Andrews Clark Jr. Christmas 1930". Seller Inventory # 32778

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Father Damien: An Open Letter to the: Stevenson, Robert Louis;

Stevenson, Robert Louis; Clark, William Andrews (Introduction); Wilke, William (Illustrator)

Published by Printed for William Andrews Clark, Jr., by John Henry Nash, San Francisco (1930)

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From: Swan's Fine Books, ABAA, ILAB, IOBA (Walnut Creek, CA, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Printed for William Andrews Clark, Jr., by John Henry Nash, San Francisco, 1930. Hardcover. Condition: Near fine. Wilke, William (illustrator). Limited Edition. Number 143 of 250 copies, two volumes in compartmented slipcase, folio and octavo sizes, [108] (total) pp. A lovely letterpress edition with accompanying facsimile of the famous letter from Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) to Reverend C.M. Hyde of Honolulu, in rebuttal to a letter written by Reverend Hyde to Reverend H.B. Gage (1889) which denounced Father Damien (1840-1889), who died as the result of his work in the leper colony of Kalawao, Hawaii. Father Damien was later named a saint by the Pope, and is known as the "apostle of the lepers". "In his introductory essay, 'Vincit Omnia Veritas,' Mr. Clark draws a vivid parallel between R.L.S. in his noble defense of Fr. Damien against the calumnies of Dr. Hyde, and Emile Zola's vindication of Captain Dreyfus. Mr. Clark has had a deep veneration for the saintly Belgian and his essay is a spirited expression of contempt for the man who would have been forgotten long ago had he not left an unenviable title to fame" (from Nell O'Day's "A Catalogue of Nash Printings. " p. 73.).___DESCRIPTION: Letterpress volume: original quarter vellum and tan paper covered boards, stamped in gilt at the backstrip, top-edge gilt, fore- and tail-edges uncut, tipped in slip on the front free endpaper "Compliments of William Andrews Clark, Jr., Christmas MDCCCCXXX", two-page spread frontispiece portraits of Father Damien and Stevenson within ornamental borders depicting scenes from Fr. Damien's life by William Wilke, with captions printed in red, title and head-band captions printed in red; Elzevir roman and italic types, Van Gelder paper, folio size (13" by 9"), pagination: [i-x], preliminary pages, i-xxxv Mr. Clark's essay, [blank],1-23 R.L.S.'s letter, [blank], 25-29, "A Short Bibliography"; limited edition, this number 143 of 250 copies. The octavo (8 3/8" by 5.5") facsimile consists of a stapled pamphlet of 33 pp., also number 143 of 250, inserted into a wallet covered in quarter vellum and tan paper which matches the letterpress volume, secured with a cord, the wallet also stamped in gilt at the backstrip. Both volumes are housed in a tan paper slipcase with compartments of corresponding sizes, the slipcase measures 13.25" by 9.25", is covered in matching tan paper with a paper spine label with the title in red, small ornament of a sailing ship in red, other lettering in black surrounded by a narrrow black ruled border.___CONDITION: Overall a near fine set, the letterpress volume with binding that is clean and unrubbed, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some age-toning to both boards, else fine. The facsimile volume the same, the wallet clean and unrubbed, with the same toning as the letterpress volume, the pamphlet clean and without wear. The slipcase near fine, the paper covering showing the same age-toning/sunning, a few bumps here and there, but strong and sturdy, without measurable wear. Overall a near fine, handsome set by John Henry Nash, pre-eminent printer of the early 20th century.___CITATION: O'Day, p. 73.___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an extremely heavy set, and therefore additional postage will apply. We are happy to ship at cost to both domestic and international customers, please inquire for details.___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help. Seller Inventory # CNBR004

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Father Damien. An Open Letter to the: STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS

STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS

Published by San Francisco: printed for William Andrews Clark Jr. by John Henry Nash (1930)

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About this Item: San Francisco: printed for William Andrews Clark Jr. by John Henry Nash, 1930. Two portraits, title in red & black. 1 of 250 copies, out of series, being the " Printers Copy" so inscribed on limitation leaf. Folio (12 3/3 x 9 1/4 inches), pages: xxxv:29, original gilt lettered parchment-backed boards, top edge gilt, others uncut. Together with the facsimile of the original Sydney 1890 edition with Stevenson's inscription. This 8vo (9 3/8 x 5 5/8 inches) the pamphlet inserted in matching gilt lettered parchment backed boards. This also limited to 250-copies, this also being the "Printer's Copy". Both volumes sliding into the 2-compartment sturdy sliopcase with printed label; the slipcase rubbed and a little dusty; the two volumes with a trifle very light spotting but overal very good. Seller Inventory # 16653

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