1900 · New York
A series of fictional "hard-luck" stories about the goings-on of the Harlem Club of Former Alcoholic Degenerates, originally written by Cullen — a "restless newspaper man" — for the New York Sun. The so-called "Ex-Tanks" tell tales of their less sober days — with reference to => gambling/sporting adventures involving boxing, horse racing, cards, etc., and a Stradivarius found in a hock shop — in quite a range of American cities. Cullen's stories are here gathered and presented in this handsome, decorated cloth binding.
Binding: Publisher's light green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board. The front board is divided into four compartments by single-ruled black borders; a scene of a man walking along a railroad track stamped in blue, black, and gilt decorates the top section.
Wright, III, 1331. Binding as above; extremities a bit rubbed, spine faded not unattractively. Small waterstain to top edge of about a dozen leaves, minor dirtying and finger-smudges to a handful of pages; overall very nice. (Inventory #: 37534)