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Monsieur Beaucaire.
McClure, Phillips & Co, 1900. First edition, first issue and inscribed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Hoosier author: a short novel about a mysterious French gambler in 18th-century Bath, Monsieur Beaucaire, who has a reputation for honesty. When he threatens to reveal the Duke of Winterset's cheating, he trades his silence for an introduction to the beautiful Lady Mary Carlisle; after many complications his true royal rank is eventually revealed. Booth Tarkington (1869-1946) is one of just three writers to receive more than one Pulitzer Prize in fiction. Immensely prolific and popular, he was known for his quintessentially Midwestern fiction; Monsieur Beaucaire, set notably far from the American heartland, was his second published work. This first edition was => inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf: "'And live men are jus' -- names!' said M. Beaucaire. Booth Tarkington, Kennebunkport, Oct. 17, 1940." (Tarkington spent much of his later life in Kennebunkport, ME.) The novel is => illustrated with six plates (including a frontispiece) by C.D. Williams, printed in violet with dark green frames and all having tissue guards. The other decorations in the book were designed by Charles Edwin Hooper. Binding: Publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering and decoration to spine and front board; illustrated endpapers and top edge gilt. Housed in a chemise within quarter red morocco openback slipcase with five raised bands, gilt lettering and decoration to spine.
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