Our Phil and Other Stories [RARE Dust Jacket]

Our Phil and Other Stories [RARE Dust Jacket]

Dana, Katharine Floyd; E.W. Kemble, Illustrator [Wadsworth, Olive A.]

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Place Published: Boston
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin and Company
Date Published: 1889
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Fine
Book Id: 96


A Fine copy of the first edition, first printing, of this collection of African-American stories by a female author, with illustrations by E. W. Kemble [who also illustrated Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin", and other books]. During her life and in her social circle, a woman working as a writer was seen as inappropriate. Consequently, Dana published under the pen name Olive A. Wadsworth which stood for "Only A. Woman". As this work was published posumously, it was published under her given name, making it the first of her works so published. [The story "Our Phil" and the "Other Stories" in this book first appeared in the Atlantic Monthly under her pen name.] The book is in Fine condition with a bit of wear to the spine ends, and comes in an excellent example of the RARE DUST JACKET with surprisingly minor wear —the only copy in the dust jacket that we ever have seen. The viewer will notice, of course, that the dust jacket is plain as it is from the period when jackets were used not to sell the book but only to keep the book clean until put out for sale. Virtually all of the dust jackets for the book would have been discarded. The viewer also will see that the jacket's spine panel was long ago clipped to reveal the book's title — a common warehouse practice — which would have made locating the book on the warehouse shelves easier than would otherwise have been the case. At the time this book was issued, dust jackets were not used to help sell the book and thus lacked the decoration one sees on later-published books. Such jackets also often did not show one or all of the title, the author, or the publisher — all three being absent from this dust jacket, as the dust jacket's sole purpose was to keep the book clean until it was put out for sale. Thus, this book is RARE in the dust jacket and is a part of book publishing history, making it an important copy as well. QUITE SCARCE TO RARE.

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