The Druid Path; decorated by Will Vreeland
first edition Hardcover
1917 · Chicago, IL
by Ryan, Marah Ellis
Chicago, IL: A.C. McClurg & Co., 1917. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+. Tight, bright, and unmarred, an exceptional copy. Some wear to extremities, however text is clean and unmarked, no evidence of foxing. Dark green pebbled cloth boards with Celtic design on cover and gilt titles, untrimmed edges. Illustration on endpapers of landscape with a Stonehenge-like rock monument. Page headings and some section breaks within each story are also decorated with Celtic designs in green colored ink, taken from the Book of Kells. 8vo, 321 pp. + ornamentations. No dustjacket.
Six stories of Ancient Ireland. Music for the book was arranged by Geraldine G. Saltzberg. Marah Ellis Ryan published "The Druid Path" later in her life, after a slew of romantic Western novels of Native American life and romance in the Southwest and Mexico. Although, mainly written for white audiences, Ryan actively supported and advocated for human rights for First Nations, including Hopi and Cherokee tribal bands. (Inventory #: 9647)