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Allen, James Lane; & Hugh Thomson, illus. A Kentucky cardinal and Aftermath. New York & London: The Macmillan Co. (pr. by Norwood Press), 1900. 12mo (20.9 cm, 8.22"). , xxxii, , 276, [4 (adv.)] pp.; illus. $125.00
Two connected novels from an acclaimed Kentucky author, here in a newly combined and revised edition with => a new preface by the author and 100 drawings by Hugh Thomson. Set in a Kentucky village, the two pieces recount from beginning to end — in a fashion reminiscent of a natural history — the relationship between a serious-minded naturalist and the young lady who moves next door. The stories' focus on native plants and and birds was informed by the author's own experiences growing up near Lexington as one of the last of several generations of gentleman farmers. Cardinal, which opens in 1850, was first published in 1894 and Aftermath in 1895, with both stories making references to the coming war and to the question of Kentucky's honor; the publisher's advertisements at the back of this edition quote contemporary praise for their simplicity, gentleness of spirit, and "old-time courtesy."
This edition was the first to feature Thomson's charming illustrations, depicting both indoor and outdoor scenes while notably prioritizing well-dressed human figures over Allen's lovingly described gardens and woods.
Binding: Publisher's olive cloth, front cover and spine with gilt-stamped branch and bird designs (unsigned).
BAL 468; Wright, III, 76 & 80 (for first eds.). Binding as above, spine and board edges sunned. Page edges untrimmed; one signature carelessly opened. => Aesthetically pleasing, culturally intriguing, and sure to be of interest to both birders and gardeners. (37531) Please RESHELVE This.
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