New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1944. Hardcover. Introduction by William Rose Benét. Illustrations by Roger Duvoisin. Small 4to. Blue morocco spine with gilt lettering and decorative cloth, clamshell case. xv, 112pp. Extensive illustrations (many color), color pictorial endpapers. Near fine/very good. Slipcase lightly soiled, with spine faintly age toned, else tight and strong. Item #47439
Outstanding copy of one of the LECs most charming-ever productions, with watercoloring of illustrations accomplished by hand. It's also one of the LECs lower limitation titles, with colophon at rear noting 1100 numbered copies (this #105) signed boldly by Duvoisin. This special copy also bears a choice autograph addition from introducer Benet: Tipped to inner flyleaf (facing half-title page) is a 1p ANS, 8½" X 11", New York, NY, 17 Febuary 1940. Addressed to noted Lincoln/Civl War scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93). Very good. Original light folds. On letterhead of "The Saturday Review" which cites Benet as contributing editor, he thanks this admirer for 54th birthday wishes: "Thank you for 'Amberglow' and thank you for your birthday greetings! It is very kind of you" boldly penned in black and signed in full. ("Amberglow of Abraham Lincoln and Ann Rutledge" was a pamphlet Gates self-published in 1939.) Benet (1886-1950) was the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, critic and editor and older brother of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Vincent Benet of "John Brown's Body" fame. A superb, extra-illustrated copy of this LEC beauty. NEWMAN 156.