New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1941. Hardcover. Illustrations by Edward A. Wilson. Small 4to. Blue sailcloth over limp boards with gilt lettered spine, slipcase. 273pp. Numerous illustrations (most color, one foldout),lithograph. Fine/very good. Slipcase mildly edgeworn and rubbed. Item #47443
Superb, bright and tight copy of this handsome LEC production, with rear colophon noting limitation of 1500 numbered copies (this #1132) -- not signed there but (as issued) bearing hand-printed lithograph (depicting Long John Silver) at front signed boldly in pencil by Wilson. This copy comes complete with publisher's 5½" X 4½" announcement, their 4-page "Monthly Letter" regarding this title, and an excellent-content Typed Letter Signed from publisher George Macy, 2pp, 8½" X 11", New York, NY, 12 March 1941. Addressed to New York subscribed Mortimer H. Hess. Near fine. Excellent content to a disgruntled LEC subscriber. In part: "Our morning mail is of course full of letters from our members in comment about our plans. Many of the letters are full of fulsome praise; some of them are written in reasonable praise; but a few are written by people who insist upon finding some dark and ulterior motive in each announcement of a change in our plans. I am extremely sorry for the fact that you have chosen to write us one of these letters. You have been getting our books for nearly a dozen years, and I have had every reason to feel that you have thought we behave decently toward our customers." He then goes over new release "Treasure Island" ("Not originally announced for publication in the current Series") and the upcoming "True History of Bernal Diaz del Castillo" ("Knowing that we were dealing with Latins, we nevertheless felt safe in expecting to publish the book by September of 1941! But the artist has not yet finished the pictures....") and Arnold Bennett's "Old Wives' Tale" ("But the building in which the work upon the illustrations was being done, was bombed out of existence....the printer promises shipment of the books from England in April. But that is the time when the Nazis have threatened to sink a lot of English ships....") Boldly signed in his usual brown ink. A super letter explaining and defending changes in the LEC's publication schedule. Given Macy's comment, Hess may well have been a charter subscriber since the LEC's 1929 debut. NEWMAN 123.