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Gran'ther Baldwin's Thanksgiving
Loring, Boston 1875 - Bound in terra cotta cloth. Covers show light soiling and edgewear and lightly bumped corners. Gold-stamped text on the spine and gold-stamped wheat sheaf on the front cover are bright showing light fading. The title on the spine reads "Grandfather Baldwin's Thanksgiving" rather than "Gran'ther Baldwin's Thanksgiving". The spine and hinges are secure and straight. There is a former owner bookplate pasted onto the inside front cover. The pages are clean and unmarked. 125 pages plus a flyleaf and dark brown coated endpapers. There is an inscription on the ffep that reads: "F.A. Munsey / with the regards of / Horatio Alger, Jr. / Nov 1882 _". Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832-1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, best known for his many juvenile novels about impoverished boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class security and comfort through hard work, determination, courage, and honesty. F.A. (Frank Andrew) Munsey (1854-1925) was an American newspaper and magazine publisher and author. Munsey, at age 28, and with almost no money to his name, published the first issue of his first magazine, "Golden Argosy", on December 2, 1882 just days after Alger presented him with this copy of "Gran'ther Baldwin's Thanksgiving". Munsey, who idolized Horatio Alger, Jr's stories of self-made boys, included the first installment of a serialization of a previously unpublished Alger novel, "Do and Dare; or, A Brave Boy's Fight for Fortune" in this inaugural issue. Munsey went on to publish 30 (at least) serialized novels by Alger, encouraging Alger to use pseudonyms (as necessary) to maximize Alger's output. Ironically, "Gran'ther Baldwin's Thanksgiving" is a collection of Alger's poetry, rather than one of novels of self-made boys which Munsey prized, and for which Alger is best remembered. This copy provides a significant historical intersection point in the lives of two notable 19th century american literary figures, and is also a very rare association/presentation inscription from one american icon to another. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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