New York: Godfrey A. S. Weiners, 1900. Cloth and decorated boards. Forecorners worn, cloth spine torn and frayed, internally very good. First edition of this collection by the journalist, playwright and pioneering screenwriter ("Gertie the Dinosaur" among other credits), printed by Updike at the Merrymount Press. This is a somewhat ragged but interesting copy, inscribed by the author in 1903 on the free endsheet, to George A. Kessler, prominent New York wine merchant, eventual Lusitania survivor, co-founder in 1915 of the British, French, Belgian Permanent Blind Relief War Fund, and associate of Helen Keller. Next to the inscription is a highly finished 16 x 7 cm. ink, watercolor and colored pencil portrait of a fashionably dressed turn-of-the-century woman, in a large hat, holding a rose in one hand. The drawing is signed by Paul West, and is captioned below "Original Watercolor by Paul West." West (b. 1871 in Boston) was a prolific cartoonist associated with the New York press, and a popular playwright and songwriter. In April 1918, he sailed to France as a Red Cross worker, where he was gassed on the front lines at Chateau Thierry. A few days before sailing for home, he disappeared, leaving his hat, a letter, and a suicide note on a Paris bridge. Also on the same page appear four lines of verse, signed at the end with the initials "P.T.O." (Inventory #: WRCLIT77512)
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