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McCutcheon, George Barr; Harrison Fisher, illus., & Charles Buckles Falls, illus. The purple parasol. New York: Dodd, Mead, & Co., 1905. 8vo (19.7 cm, 7.75"). Frontis., 108 pp.; 4 col. plts. $25.00
A whimsically romantic tale of a man who falls for the woman whose infidelity he's hired to prove, presented with handsome illustrations and in a floral, decorated cloth binding. Four stylish color-printed plates and a color frontispiece depict a woman and her purple parasol, done by => American illustrator Harrison Fisher. Each page is adorned with black and white decorations by Charles Buckles Falls.
George Barr McCutcheon (1866–1928) was an American novelist and playwright known for being a part of the Golden Age of Indiana Literature.
Binding: Publisher's green cloth, gilt lettering and lavender-stamped flower stalk to spine; on front cover, similar lavender and light green–stamped flower stalks form columns on either side of a center panel with gilt-lettered author and title. Fore- and bottom edges untrimmed.
Provenance: On front fly-leaf, the signature of James Young of 111 Temple St., Owego, NY.
American Fiction, 1901-1925, M-134. Bound as above with extremities rubbed, bumping to bottom edge and corners, spine very slightly cocked; minor scuffing/scraping to boards with lightened place on front one and sizable part of rear board showing old water contact (with light rippling and soil). Bits of loss along fore-edge of first few pages, perhaps from careless opening, light soiling to a few leaves (not affecting illustrations), and two minor gutter cracks. Overall sound with bright plates and, in truth, the terrible-sounding binding is still quite pretty! (37547) Please RESHELVE This.
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