1911 · New York & London
First edition: An old-fashioned lawyer aims (with the aid of the all-important female influence) to restore good Yankee virtues of thrift and domesticity in a Connecticut village gone mad (and sometimes bankrupt or to jail) over automobiles, diamonds, oversized mansions, and Europhilia. The novel is illustrated with a total of =>12 halftone plates by German-born, American-raised artist Wilhelm Heinrich Detlev Körner (a.k.a. William Henry Dethlef Koerner); the frontispiece depicts a dramatic "Duel with Automobiles," while several other plates portray rather sweet scenes featuring children.
Signed binding: Publisher's green cloth, front cover pictorially stamped with a young lady in a luxury car in black, white and red, spine with gilt-stamped title. Front cover design with "A" monogram in a half circle. Designer unknown.
Dinkytown, American Decorated Covers, 1890–1930, 13; Smith, American Fiction, 1901–1925, B-20. Binding as above, slightly cocked with very (very) minor rubbing to extremities. => A nice copy of an interesting "period" work. (Inventory #: 36774)