"The Symbol and the Saint" - SIGNED COPY OF FIELD'S CHRISTMAS TALE
by Field, Eugene. (1850 - 1895)
Used; Like New/Used; Like New. Facsimile manuscript copy of Field's Christmas story The Symbol and the Saint, apparently an offprint prepared for the author, hole-punched and boundÂ on the rightÂ with pink ribbon, with a signed dedication in Field's hand to Mrs. Irving Way, dated August 22, 1895, a few months before Field's untimely death at the age of 45. Â Mrs. Way, the wife of Field's friend and fellow book collector W. Irving Way, did illuminations and illustrations for several of Field's books. Â The story, a fable that explains the origin of Santa Claus, is dated 1886 and was first published inÂ A Little Book of Profitable Tales in 1889. Â Eleven sheets. Slight toning around the edges, a previous autograph signed inscription from the author canceled out before the inscription to Mrs. Way, otherwise in fine condition; 14 x 17.5 cm.A fine signed edition from the beloved American poet, humor writer and journalist, the "poet of childhood" best knownÂ for his light-hearted poems for children, among the most famous of which are "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,"Â "The Duel" andÂ "Little Boy Blue."Â (Inventory #: 14612)
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