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The Escape of Alice A Christmas Fantasy. Together with Snow for Christmas - All Variants. Together with Christmas Cards from Starrett
Cedar Rapids, IO: Torch Press. 1919. First Edition, one of 200 copies only, inscribed by Starrett, to fellow Sherlockian Charles Honce. "This strange ghost out of / my sentimental youth/I wish it were better / worth his while / Vincent Starrett / Chicago: 19 January, 1941", and also signed by Starrett on the front blank. 8vo; 28pp; brown wrappers with title in black on front panel, silk ties, spine split, brown wrappers rumpled at edges, small black dot at lower left front corner, near fine. Starrett starts his parody, "The red linen covers opened slightly, and a little girl slipped out, leaving behind her a curious vacancy in one of the familiar pictures signed with Mr. Tenniel's initials." He ends with, "'What have you there?' asked the stranger, looking at the book in the old man's hand. 'Alice in Wonderland?' Charming thing! What do you ask for it?' 'Not this copy,' said the old man, firmly. 'This is my personal copy. This is one book you cannot buy.'" (1)& with & (2)SNOW FOR CHRISTMAS. [Glencoe:] Baskerville, 1935. First Edition, #111 of 125 copies only, signed by the printer, Henry Dierkes. 8vo; vegetable parchment over boards, title printed in gold italic along with author's name, wrappers a bit brittle with some closed tears, about fine.& with& (3)SNOW FOR CHRISTMAS. Another copy, variant binding, vegetable parchment paper wrappers, spine printed in red with author and title, #19, hand-numbered but not signed, in red publisher's slipcase, spine chipped with loss of title, slipcase a little rumpled, very good.& with& (4)SNOW FOR CHRISTMAS. Another copy, variant binding, copy hand-numbered #18, but not signed, vegetable vellum wrappers with glue stains on inside front turn-ins and offsetting to front and rear free endpapers where vegetable vellum is folded over, red publisher's wrapper with label printed in red with title and author, wrapper with edges chipped and rumpled, very good.& with& (5)SNOW FOR CHRISTMAS. Another copy, variant binding, vegetable vellum wrappers, front cover with paper label printed in red with author and title, hand-numbered #45 but not signed, spine chipped in four places, very good.& with& (6)SNOW FOR CHRISTMAS. Page proofs, loose, signed by Starrett on the verso of the last page before the colophon, page size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2" while the book's trim size is 5 3/8 x 7 7/8".& (7)SNOW FOR CHRISTMAS. Another set of Page Proofs, as above but the signature of Starrett occurs on the colophon. & with& (8)Christmas Card, "After Much Striving for Fame" by Starrett Christmas: 1933, signed with a message by Starrett, fine in original envelope. & with& (9)Christmas Greeting with passage from "Autobiography" by Starrett, signed by the author below his printed name, in which Starrett says, "Now, an obscure monger of dreads and drolls, I ride a larger hobby--the collecting of other men's books. True happiness and true humility. Well, Merry Christmas!" fine in original envelope. & with& (10) Christmas Greeting, inscribed by Starrett and dated 1931, to T. F. Craggs, Jr. , printing a portion of his Autobiography starting, "Once a newspaper man always a whore..." fine in original envelope. & An extraordinary lot of material from Vincent Starrett, noted bibliophile, journalist, essayist, poet, novelist and distinguished scholar of detective fiction and Sherlock Holmes, considered one of the finest writers about books and bookmen.
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