New York: William Heinemann | Doubleday Page & Co., (1907). Hard Cover. Good binding. Item #6430
Octavo. xii, 162,  pp., frontis, plates, illus. First American trade edition. As issued, in publisher's red cloth with white stamping and illustrated pastedown on the front cover. Covers are worn with soiling; illustrated pastedown on the front cover is significantly abraded; fraying to the corners and spine ends; bottom of the front board is bumped; contents are just a trifle shaken; occasional toning throughout.
An uncommon first American trade edition as per Latimore & Haskell as well Riall, bearing the title page after the British edition in red cloth. Lovett & Lovett (215b) was consulted but conflicts with the previous references as it incorrectly identifies the Doubleday Doran imprint as the first American trade edition--Doubleday Page & Co. and George Doran didn't merge until late in the 1920s making Lovett & Lovett's assertions obviously a mistake. Frontispiece and 12 additional illustrations are present, all but one is fronted by a tissue guard with caption printed at the bottom; some in-text illustrations scattered throughout. While this is a well-loved copy it remains a remarkable marriage between one of the most beloved literary works of the past two centuries and among the best illustrators of the 20th century. Latimore and Haskell p. 28-9; Riall p. 77-8.