New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901 . First Edition. Hardcover. Inscribed by the author to noted poet and author Carolyn Wells in 1902 with a lovely little cat illustration ("her cat"). Wonderfully illustrated with duotone plates and pen and ink sketches.
"My goal with this design was to, in an abstract way, suggest the idea of “more animals.” The onlay on the front cover is the raw edge of a goat skin. It feels “animal” and yet has an artistic flair. It is unique to that skin, that animal. The spots on the doublures are representative of footprints of animals. They remind me of migration in Africa where many animals leave overlapping imprints in the earth." [Artist statement]
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Bookplate of Carolyn Wells (1862 – 1942) at ffep. Wells was an renowned American writer and poet. When she completed finishing school she worked as a librarian for the Rahway Library Association before publishing her first book 1896. Over her life, she wrote a total 170 books and is best known for her murder mysteries. Interestingly, her first known illustrated newspaper work was a two-part series titled 'Animal Alphabet' (illustrated by William F. Marriner). Wells's husband was Hadwin Houghton, the heir of the Houghton-Mifflin publishing empire founded by H.O.Houghton. Fine in Fine Archival Box. Inscription by author at title page, dated owner bookplate, else tight, bright, and unmarred. Full leather design binding: full black goat binding over laced-on boards, fair goat onlay, edge-to-edge doublures in painted fair calf, endpages are Moriki Kozo paper, all edges sprinkled with ink, silk endbands, first and last signature hand-dyed to match original paper; Original cover papers and spine preserved in laid in folio. Square 8vo. 99pp. Illus. (duotone plates). Inscribed by the author. Item #10581