Greensboro, NC: Continental Publishing, 1898, 1917, 1918 . First Editions [Both Trade and Limited]. Bound and unbound as published. A Very Good set of books and epemeral items including: The First Trade Edition, first printing dated 1917, in the Publisher's original orange cloth lettered and decorated in black to both the front board and the spine, with the front board illustration depicting the plate found within at unnumbered page 389, itself depicting Raphel pleading with Lucifer and captioned "Thou erring Morning-star, oh! spare thyself." SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by Charles L. Van Noppen to Sydney Greenbie as follows: "For // Mr. Sydney Greenbie // with the compliments // of // Chas. L. Van Noppen // Greensboro // N.C. // May 21-23" (with the date underscored); FURTHER TOGETHER WITH: A copy of Leonard Van Noppen's lengthy Poem "THE SPHINX" inscribed and signed by Charles Leonard van Noppen at the Poem's end to Sydney Greenbie as follows: "For // Mr. Sydney Greenbie // with the compliments of // Charles L. Van Noppen" // Greensboro, N.C. // May 21-23" with the date underscored and loosely laid in to the trade edition; FURTHER TOGETHER WITH a separate booklet, dated 1917, measuring 7 3/8 inches by 4 6/8 inches containing the primary text found at pp 439 - 458 of the trade edition's rear portion and wearing its own wrappers with the front wrapper's recto mirroring the trade edition's title page and the rear wrapper's verso bearing a promotion of the book and perhaps serving as marketing material for the book; FURTHER TOGETHER WITH the first and only Limited Edition (therein stated to be the "Holland Art Society Edition), dated 1898, in the Publisher's original boards and dust jacket, being copy 963 of 1,250 copies issued, INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR LEONARD CHARLES VAN NOPPEN on the front free endpaper's recto as follows: "With The compliments of - Leonard Charles van Noppen.", this beneath a prior inscription reading: "From J. Roy Collins // to // Ora Belle Lee." This Limited Edition is FURTHER SIGNED BY ONE OF THE BOOK'S TWO DIDICATEES, CHARLES LEONARD VAN NOPPEN (the autor's brother and the book's Publisher) as follows: With the compliments // of // Charles Leonard van Noppen [partially underscored]; FURTHER TOGETHER WITH THIRTEEN (13) separate plates together showing all of the full illustrations found scattered within the text, all of which are shown in the list of illustrations shown in the volume's illustrations list, such illustrations being loosley laid in to the Limited Edition; FURTHER TOGETHER WITH an undated photograph of Leonard Charles van Noppen in his uniform SIGNED BY LEONARD VAN NOPPEN and loosely laid in to the Limited Edition. The Trade Edition's front pastedown bears a pencil note stating "Author's Autograph" which is in error as this copy was sent to Greenbie by the Publisher, Charles L. van Noppen. Within the text of this Trade Edition shows a number of underlingings and brief notations in pencil and/or blue ink, and the binding shows some minor wear to the leading corners as well as some scattered marking to the boards. The Limited Edition shows general wear to the boards, some bending to the leading corners and shelf wear to the bottom edge of boards, and each hinge is worn and broken. The front board is illustrated with the figure shown on unnumbered page 263. On both the front board and on page 263, the image is not captioned, but the list of illustrations names it as "Lucifer" using the otherwise blank leaf prior to the illustration. The dust jacket shows some wear to the leading corners, the front panel's top and bottom flaps are truncated and attached to the front panel's verso.
A FEW SUPPLEMENTAL NOTES:
The plates loosely laid in to the Limited Editions are generally in Very Good condition. Some of them show some wear and tear and one has a portion of it torn off and has been repaired by archival tape applied to the plates verso. The trade edition and the copy of "THE SPHINX" are inscribed by the Publisher, Charles Leonard van Noppen to Sydney Greenbie. We believe this to be author Sydney Greenbie. Greenbie was a Playwright and also authored books on Asia, and headed what was known as the "Floating University" .
[NOTE: INFORMATION ABOUT THE AUTHOR and some about the Publisher FROM Dictionary of North Carolina Biography:
Leonard Charles Van Noppen, poet, literary expert, and translator, was born at Wemeldinge, Zeeland, Holland. His parents, Cornelius Martin and Johanna Maria Cappon Van Noppen, immigrated to the United States settling first in Michigan in 1874 and then near Greensboro in 1877, where they became members of the Society of Friends and their three boys, Charles Leonard, John J., and Leonard Charles, attended the New Garden Boarding School. Both parents of Leonard Charles Van Noppen died within a few months of each other in 1887. His brother, Charles Leonard, sent him to the renamed Friends School, Guilford College. He received an A.B. degree from Guilford in 1890, a B.Litt. from The University of North Carolina in 1892, and an M.A. from Haverford College in 1893. He returned to The University of North Carolina in 1893 to study law. Although he was licensed, he never practiced, having found literary endeavors more suited to his temperament.
For two years he attended lectures at the University of Utrecht and the University of Leiden, where he immersed himself in the study of Dutch literature. On his return to the United States he published his translation of Joost van den Vondel's Lucifer in 1898. It was heralded as a major literary event. The parallels between this first English translation of Lucifer and Paradise Lost led some critics to pronounce Milton a plagiarist. The translation was of such a fine quality that Henry Hadley set it to music, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra presented two performances of it in Carnegie Hall. Van Noppen translated two other Vondel works, Sampson and Adam in Banishment, which reinforced the claims of Vondel's influence on Milton.
Because of his translations, Van Noppen became well known as an authority on Dutch literature. He presented lectures at Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, the Lowell Institute of Boston, and a number of other institutions, and from 1913 to 1917 he was the first Queen Wilhelmina Lecturer at Columbia University. He was made an honorary member of the Society of Netherlands Literature, and at various times before 1918 he continued his studies at the Dutch universities.
Although preoccupied by his literary endeavors, Van Noppen had brief stints as a journalist in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and New York City, and at various times he was a private secretary to Justice John Woodward of Jamestown, N.Y., Major William J. Gaynor of New York City, and Nathan L. Miller, who later became governor of New York. In 1913 he read his own poem, "The Vision—The Palace of Peace," at the dedication of the Carnegie Peace Palace at The Hague and in 1916 presented his "Abraham Lincoln: An Elegy" at the dedication of Lincoln Memorial University. On his first visit to Holland Van Noppen became a Boer sympathizer. He returned to the United States with Boer propaganda and translated the Independence Proclamation of Martinus Theunis Steyn, president of the Orange Free State. During his second trip to Europe he met African statesman Paul Kruger in Paris, and he assisted the Boer Press Bureau at Dordecht.
After the United States became involved in World War I, he enlisted as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Appointed assistant naval attaché at The Hague, he was reputed to have carried on some secret work. He held the same post for eight months at the U.S. embassy in London. In 1919 his collection of war poems, The Challenge, was published first in Great Britain and then in the United States. In London it was praised by Laurence Binyon, Sydney Brooks, and Thomas Hardy. Van Noppen spent the remainder of his life working on an epic poem, "Cosmorama: A Symphonic Poem of Evolution," sometimes referred to under the title "An Epic of the Cell from Protoplasm to Deity."
Van Noppen had the well-proportioned physique and physical capability of an athlete. Although he favored a Byronic appearance in dress and demeanor, his face also presented the qualities of strength and stolidity that are usually associated with the Dutch character. He possessed a dynamic and outgoing personality that generally made him a focus at social gatherings. His poetry was popular during his lifetime, especially before and during World War I in the midst of a neo-romantic revival. His poetry appeared in the Christian Quarterly, Current Opinion, and Independent, and his work was reviewed in the major magazines and newspapers including The Times of London.
On 28 Sept. 1902 he married Adah Maude Stanton Becker, of Jamestown, N.Y., a former journalist who turned to editing his work after their marriage. They had no children. Van Noppen died at age sixty-seven in Glen Cove, Long Island. After her husband's death, Adah Van Noppen spent the remainder of her life preparing Van Noppen's manuscript of his epic "Cosmorama" for publication until her own death in Cambridge, N.Y., on 25 Feb. 1944. Various Conditions. Item #3609
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