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Poems Here at Home: Limited and Signed First Edition

by James Whitcomb Riley

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
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HATFIELD BOOKS AND MEMORABILIA, a FIVE STAR SELLER, presents ONE OF ONLY FIFTY COPIES IN THE WORLD from the LIMITED and SIGNED FIRST EDITION of POEMS AT HOME by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY. VERY GOOD PLUS condition. Bowen-Merrill of Indianapolis (L. Frank Baum's publisher, later becoming Bobbs-Merrill) was Riley's first publisher (after all, he was an Indiana guy). Bowen-Merrill had a disastrous fire in 1890, destroying most of the business and taking 10 lives. This volume was published by Century in New York, yet this 50 volume LIMITED EDITION seems to have been controlled by Bowen-Merrill. Opposite the copyright page appears: "Of this First Impression of Poems Here at Home, Fifty copies…..have been issued with an autographed portrait on japan vellum (signed by) The Bowen-Merrill Co. (printed) This is Number (penned) 14." A SIGNED FRONTISPIECE PORTRAIT OF THE AUTHOR is present. 4 1/2" x 7", 187 pages in Very Good Plus condition, with some smudging and light tanning. Cover (special for limited edition, cream w/ elaborate gold gilt designs and particulars, while standard First Edition cover was green with gold lettering) in Good Plus condition, with thoroughly taped spine to prevent separation, rubbing and staining. No dust jacket or slip cover (as designed?) E. W. Kemble was a very famous illustrator.


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Poems Here at Home
James Whitcomb Riley
E. W. Kemble
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Limited and Signed First Edition
The Century Co.
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
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poets and poetry; Rare and Valuable; Signed and/or Dedicated;

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First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...
Copyright page
The page in a book that describes the lineage of that book, typically including the book's author, publisher, date of...
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
Vellum is a sheet of specialty prepared skin of lamb, calf, or goat kid used for binding a book or for printing and writing. ...
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...
A new book is a book previously not circulated to a buyer. Although a new book is typically free of any faults or defects, "new"...

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