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Van Dyke, Henry. The toiling of Felix: A legend on a new saying of the Christ. New York: Privately printed, 1898. 12mo (19.2 cm, 7.5"). 34 pp. $200.00
A presentation copy of one of only 125 copies total "printed from type at the De Vinne Press." Henry van Dyke (1852–1933) was an American author and clergyman who also taught English literature at Princeton University. His works, which include several Christmas stories, are deeply reflective of his religious devotion. Here, through rhyming verse, he tells of a man's revelation during his quest seeking God. After failed attempts to find Him through books and solitude, Felix finally achieves what he's looking for through daily labor. God tells him, "Raise the stone, and thou shalt find Me; cleave the wood, and I am there."
=> This is copy no. 7.
Provenance: Presentation copy to Arthur H. Scribner, a president of Charles Scribner's Sons and a Princeton alumnus, signed by Van Dyke, “March 17, 1898, Dies Sancti Patricii.”
Quarter "vellum" paper over gray paper–covered boards, dark teal lettering to front board; corners a bit bumped, very faint dirtying of boards. Interior bright, with fore- and bottom edges untrimmed. An unassumingly simple production from a good press, now uncommon and here inscribed by the author. (38239) Please RESHELVE This.
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