Osgood, 1871, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Near Fine, Dust Jacket Condition: No, First
HARTE, BRET. East and West Poems, Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1871. 12mo, first edition, pp. 171, green cloth boards with beveled edges and gilt lettering and Osgood colophon on spine, gilt Harte signature on front, label on free front endpaper identifying this as part of the Estelle Doheny Collection of American Literature. Doheny, wife of the oil baron played by Daniel Day Lewis in "There Will Be Blood," amassed a valuable collection that was dispersed in auctions after she died in 1988. Doheny acquired the book from Frederick W. Skiff, another voracious collector, based in Portland, Ore. His bookplate, an elaborate sporting pictorial, is on the front pastedown (see below). This plate was designed by W.F. Hopson and is a small gem of American graphic art. Frank Weitenkampf, in "American Graphic Art," called Hopson's bookplates "that combination of variety in treatment with dignity and restraint in expression which produces the happiest results in these marks of bibliophilic proprietorship" (p. 261, Macmillan 1924 revised edition). The bookplate is in its first state, with "West Haven" (Conn.) given as Skiff's residence, rather than the later "Portland." The Harte book is BAL 7256. Condition of this book: Near fine, bright, with some rubbing at the spine ends. Size: 12mo. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Antiquarian & Rare; United States; 19th century; Literature & Literary. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 53037.