1906 · New York
First published in book form in 1904 and here reprinted bearing the original Amy Sacker–designed binding (with her AS monogram), this is the tale of a well to do couple who move from New York City to the country to live close to the earth not as gentlefolk farmers. Much commentary emerges on life both in the city (noise, manners, transportation, customs, etc.) and in the country (hardness of farming and animal husbandry, attitudes of old friends and rural folk).
Bell (1867–1929) was born in Chicago, brought up in Atlanta, and after marriage lived in Tarrytown, NY.
Binding: Blue cloth, front cover stamped in black, very pale green, and rust; at center a young couple arm in arm in formal wear with four small vignettes at the corners of the frame around them. The four offer symbols of love (hearts and an arrow), commitment to honest hard work (a rooster up at dawn), social relaxation (a wine carafe and glass, and study (books and an inkwell and pen). Signed "AS" (Amy Sacker).
Provenance: Private pressure-stamp, "The Blasberg Collection," to endpaper and title-page.
Evidence of readership: Pencil notes on front free endpaper and on the contents page either tying text to appearances in Harper's Magazine or summarizing events on specific pages of this book.
Smith, American Fiction, 1901–1925, B-463 (for first book edition). Binding as above, lightly rubbed. Old paperclip rust-stains to four leaves, else very good. (Inventory #: 37059)