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Quo Vadis. A Tale of the Time of Nero / Fine Binding, Association Copy, and Ephemera
George Routledge & Sons, Ltd, London 1901 - London: George Routledge & Sons Ltd., 1901. Translated from the Polish by S.A. Binion. Apparent gift edition. Association copy. Please see scans. 12mo, 512 pp. Full cream calf, gilt lettering, gilt-tooled design of almost byzantine ornateness, red stained page edges, elaborate satin-textured gilt floral endpapers. The words "Constance" and then "Rome 1902" are at right center of cover (see below). Social calling card of Miss Constance DeYoung laid in. Faint soiling at places on the cream calf, some fading of page edge dye bottom and top, minute bleeding of red page edge dye onto edge of endpapers, calf board curving just a bit. Just Very Good, but a beautiful and impressive binding with serious shelf appeal. Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author of both historical and revolutionary bent, earned the 1905 Nobel Prize in large part on the strength of his tale of Christian persecution in era of Nero, Quo Vadis. This finely bound gift copy is dedicated on the cover to "Constance" - that being Miss Constance de Young, of the socially situated San Francisco family: her father was Mike de Young, founder of The Chronicle. At the time of this gift, she was apparently of debutante age. Later, she married Joseph O. Tobin, nephew of Joseph S.Tobin, a onetime PG&E director; PG&E and The Chronicle were long of a kinship of sorts, through such family bonds. Joseph O. Tobin later became an owner of The Chronicle himself. Constance's social calling card is laid in here, giving her address, as a young lass, as "1919 California Street". She wouldn't move far: per the San Francisco Social Register listings for 1927 (see below), as Mrs. Tobin, she would reside at 1969 California Street. Familiar San Francisco names, all, and looking at the book and the card here, silently, arouses something of a wistful and envious feeling. As the dedicated gift copy with ephemera, unique; not replaceable. L-40n From the 1927 San Francisco Social Register: Name: Tobin, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph O. and Juniors Miss Patricia and Juniors Miss Consuelo Maiden name: Constance de Young Clubs: Pcu.Sfg.Fr.Bur.Uv. Geo ' 99 Phone: 3400 Fil Address: 1969 California [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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