Chicago: F. J. Schulte & Company. Very Good+. 1892. First Edition. Hardcover. 257 & [2, ads] pages; Publisher's pale green cloth, decoratively stamped in gilt on the spine, and gilt, with touches of black and darker green on the front cover -- with sunflower motif, lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut and untrimmed -- a handsome nineties decorative cloth binding, in an excellent state of preservation. There is light rubbing to the spine's extremities (no breaks, chips or tears, just a visible erosion of the pale green color to the fabric) ; there is similar light rubbing visible at the points of the boards' corners, and one tiny point along the rear gutter of the spine. The original plain laid endpapers are clean and unmarked, with perfect hinges, no signatures or marks of any sort. The gilt top edges, and the deckle edges left untrimmed are fresh, and free from dust or soiling. A superior copy of this scarce first book by Roswell Martin Field, best remembered as the brother of the poet, columnist (and book collector) Eugene Field. The author and his brother were born in St. Louis, where their father, the elder roswell Martin Field, is remembered as the lawyer who represented Dred Scott in his unsuccesful suit to win his freedom from slavery (the Supreme Court's infamous denial of Dred Scott's claim was a major cause of the Civil War. Collectors of Eugene Field will recall Roswell Field for his memoir of his recently-deceased brother published in the 1896 "Love-affairs of a Bibliomaniac" and the brothers joint-book: "Echoes from the Sabine Farm. " Stories of Kansas and the midwest. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. . (Inventory #: 40209)
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