Dick Sands, Or The Boy Captain

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1879. First edition thus. Hardcover. Very Good. Original and lovely illustrated brown cloth lettered and brilliantly displayed in gilt. Beveled edges. Translated by Ellen E. Frewer. Barely visible minor drip stain down fore-edge side of front panel. Very slight lean and a narrow band of fraying along the top edge. First fully illustrated edition. Interesting provenance. The front free endpaper has the inscription: "Master John A. Roebling, from Aunt Eliza. Christmas, 1878." This would be John A. Roebling II, the son of Washinton and Emily Warren Roebling. Washington Roebling worked with his father John A. Roebling (the first) to finish the design and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Washington Roebling had a stellar and much decorated career as a Union Officer during the Civil War, most notably at Gettysburg. Col. Roebling married the sister of another very important Union Officer, Major General Gouverneur K. Warren, who is still credited for saving the second day of the battle for the Union Army by calling for troops to re-inforce Little Round Top. Warren's sister Emily married Washington Roebling and played a crucial part in completing the bridge when her husband was seriously injured and incapacitated during the project. The gift inscription from "Aunt Eliz." is a sister of Gouverneur and Emily Warren. Meyer, #15, p. 23. Meyer explains the problem with the dates and, with the evidence from this volume, proves his theory. I quote:" May have been released for the Christmas trade, 1878." Taves and Michaluk (V018) state on p. 159 "By December 28, 1878, Scribner published the above mentioned book, which carried the year "1879" on its title page." It was certainly ready by Christmas. Q.E.D. A few signatures stand a bit proud at the fore-edge. Tissue guard present at the frontispiece. All plates present and this copy has no illustration on p. 201 which makes me wonder if it ever existed in the U.S. edition. 91 full page plates are present. The Scribner pre-publishing ad boasts that their .."New Story, Dick Sands, The Boy Captain, with over 100 full page illustrations, ..." So clearly, some illustrations did not make it into this edition.

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