Very Good. Item #5875
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1902. From the personal collection of journalist and language expert William Safire. Octavo; 429 pp, followed by four pages of advertisements. Illustrated with a frontispiece and 12 plates, all with tissue guards. One fold-out facsimile letter by Mary Lamb.
Three-quarter suede binding with marbled paper. Lettering stamped in gold on spine labels. Silk ribbon bookmark. Deckled edges. Bookplate on front attached endpaper for William W. Causey, a Baltimore native born in 1878 who worked in the stock exchange before practicing law. [Fooks Family by Herbert C. Fooks 256] William W. Causey's name is written in ink on the front flyleaf and a note is written at the bottom in pencil: "A gift from Mr(?) T. G. Hance." Rear hinge cracked after the final page of advertisements and before the flyleaf and endpapers, otherwise binding is sound. Edges rubbed through to boards and corners are bumped. Spine edges chipped. Suede leaves brown residue when brushed against.
A number of interesting ephemera can be found tucked inside the book including: a four-leaf clover on pg 9, a ticket for the Jersey City Ferry on pg 165, a newspaper clipping from The Baltimore Sun on pg 240 in which the pastor of Mount Vernon Place Methodist Church, Harold Bosley, advocates against U.S. involvement in WWII, and, finally, a Christmas Card at the end of the book which appears to be printed and then hand-painted with decoration. The newspaper clipping on pg 240 has browned the pages with age, otherwise all pages appear clean and unmarked.