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THE KNAVE OF HEARTS
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. FIRST EDITION n. Hardcover. No Better Copy Anywhere. 368 x 305 mm (14 1/2 x 12"). 46 pp. FIRST EDITION. Publisher's brightly colored pictorial cloth, pictorial endleaves, original glassine dust jacket. Housed in the publisher's matching pictorial box. With 26 very pleasing partial and full-page illustrations by Maxfield Parrish.A NEARLY MINT AND PERHAPS UNSURPASSABLE COPY. This is an amazing copy of the chief work of an important 20th century American illustrator. Raised in Philadelphia and spending his adult life in Cornish, New Hampshire, Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was a painter and illustrator known for his idealized neoclassical imagery and what has been characterized as distinctive saturated hues. Beginning with a commission for L. Frank Baum's "Mother Goose in Prose" in 1897, he illustrated a large number of important books for an audience that included children, but also, in many cases, adults. In addition, he illustrated several popular magazines in the 1910s and 1920s. The present handsomely produced large-format work is the one for which he is best known, and it is the one most avidly sought after by collectors. With illustrations that took three years to produce (partly because the artist built elaborate models for them in his workshop), the book, says Parrish biographer Coy Ludwig, is "a sumptuous production . . . with illustrations, printed in rich colors on heavy, coated paper [that were] the highest-quality reproductions that could be had." Louise Saunders was the wife of Maxwell Perkins, editor at Scribner's; the present book is her best-known work. This item is not particularly rare, but to find it, as here, in nearly pristine condition and especially in a box equally well preserved is extraordinarily lucky.
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