Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1982.. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-4] 5-116, flyleaves at front and rear, eleven inserted plates and other illustrations in the text by J. J. Bissegger, John J. Boyle, F. S. Church, and others, title page printed in black, blue, red and gold, original decorated green cloth, front, spine and rear panels stamped in gold, t.e.g., other edges untrimmed, decorated endpapers. First edition. The author's first book, "a long narrative poem on a medieval theme, the enthusiastic effort of a boy of nineteen who had spent long childhood hours playing lead soldiers with his younger brother and who had later immersed himself in Froissart and the CHANSON DE ROLAND." - Spilller, Literary History of the United States, p. 1028. YVERNELLE was written during the author's freshman year at the University of California. His mother, who was "ever ready to encourage him, had been enthusiastic about YVERNELLE, and with his pen-and-ink sketches she had sent it to Lippincott. They accepted the poem but rejected the drawings, preferring to tickle the holiday trade with engravings and full-page pictures in color by Will Low, Church, and Deilman. Mrs. Norris advanced $400.00 towards the expense of publication. By the time the book appeared in handsome make-up, however, priced at $3.50 and $5.00 for the Christmas trade of 1891, Frank was ready to deny it as his child." [He had meanwhile found Zola and realism!] - Walker, Frank Norris. BAL 15024. Seybolt did not have a copy of this first book nor was a copy listed for sale in the the classic "First Books" and "More First Books" catalogues issued by Seven Gables bookshop in 1965 and 1972 respectively; there was a copy offered for sale in the Collectors' Bookshop "More First Books" catalogue (January 1939). Cloth a bit rubbed along the lower edges, old crease and short tear in front free endpaper repaired on verso with cellophane tape, a very good copy. Very scarce. Between 1903 and 2016 only seven copies of this book (including this one) have been offered for sale at public auction. (#156234) (Inventory #: 156234)
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