by HENRY, O. | PORTER, William Sydney | BENNETT, Whitman, binder | GRANT, Gordon, illustrator |
1917. The Memorial Edition of O. HenryFinely Bound by Whitman Bennett of New YorkHENRY, O. [PORTER, William Sydney]. The Complete Writings of O. Henry. With illustrations by Gordon Grant. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1917. Memorial Edition/Edition de Luxe. Limited to 1,075 numbered copies. This set not numbered but marked in ink "Special Copy".Fourteen octavo volumes (8 15/16 x 6 inches; 227 x 151 mm.). Engraved vignette title in Volume I signed by the publisher. Fourteen photogravure frontispieces by Gordon Grant in two states, colored and plain (portraits in Volumes XIII and XIV), thirty-six plates by Gordon Grant in two states, black and bistre, a cartoon by O. Henry, and two MS. facsimiles, also in two states, all with descriptive tissue guards. Frontispiece in Volume I signed by Gordon Grant. Publishers Deluxe binding by Whitman Bennett, NY (stamp-signed on front free-endpaper). Full dark teal crushed levant morocco. Gilt quad-rule border on covers, spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt ruled turn-ins, top edge gilt, others uncut. Headcaps of volumes I, VII, and XII expertly repaired, otherwise near fine.O. Henry (pseudonym of William Sydney Porter, 1862-1910), American short-story writer. An extremely popular and prolific writer, O. Henry is noted for his sentimental, semirealistic stories dealing with the lives of modest people and his mastery of the surprise ending. A North Carolinian by birth, Porter moved to Texas, where he became the editor and publisher of the humorous magazine The Rolling Stone. When he was charged with embezzling funds from a bank, he fled to Central America, subsequently the scene of Cabbages and Kings (1904). He later returned and, although there has been much debate over his actual guilt, served over three years in the federal penitentiary. While in prison, he published the first of his O. Henry storiesWhistling Dicks Christmas Stocking (1899) Stories he heard in prison were the germs of many of his narratives But his work is most identified with New York City, which he liked to call Bagdad-on-the-Subway. Among the collections of O. Henry stories are The Four Million [1906, which contains his famous story The Gift of the Magi], The Voice of the City (1908), and Options (1909) (Benéts Readers Encyclopedia).Illustrator Gordon Grant (1875-1962) grew up in San Francisco and at age twelve sailed around the Horn to London, England to study art at the Heatherly and Lambeth Schools. Returning to his native city in the 1890s, he was an illustrator for the Examiner. He maintained a studio in NYC at 137 East 66th Street throughout most of his career, but was active in California as a member and exhibitor of the California Printmakers and California Society of Etchers. His work included pulp fiction for Popular Detective in the 1930s, illustrations for Harper's Weekly, Puck and The San Francisco Examiner. (Inventory #: 03482)
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