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[THOMSON, HUGH (binding design and illustrations)]; [KENTUCKY - FICTION]; ALLEN, JAMES LANE
A KENTUCKY CARDINAL AND AFTERMATH
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1901. First Edition. 8vo (8¼ x 5¾). pp. 276 + 4 pp. publisher's advts. IN THE ORIGINAL PAPER DUST JACKET. Hugh Thomson binding design in gold on smooth green cloth of a stylized Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) branch opening near the top to form a cartouche containing the titles with a singing Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) on either side of the cartouche. Spine with titles and three instances of cardinals singing in different poses surrounded by locust rachises; uncut edges; t.e.g. The original pale green paper dust jacket is printed with a reproduction of the spine and front board designs in dark green. The rear panel is printed with a macmillan advertisement for recent fiction. A contemporary 4 page prospectus for Allen's The Reign of Law (also published in 1900) laid in. Includes 48 vignette and full page illustrations as well as chapter heads and historiated initial caps by Hugh Thomson. First published in 1894, Kentucky Cardinal and Aftermath are a pair of lyrical short stories that trace Kentucky's natural beauty and the arc of the romance between a nature loving recluse named Adam Moss and his next door neighbor, Georgiana. When Georgiana tries to separate Adam from the nature he loves in The Kentucky Cardinal, they fall into an argument, with Aftermath following their reconciliation afterward. Allen was noted in contemporary reviews for his descriptions of nature and bird life, which "posses a real poetic beauty" In his binding design, Thomson uses a single stylized branch from the Honey Locust, a tree native to central an … [Click Below for Full Description]
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