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Atherton, Gertrude; C. Coles Phillips, illus. The gorgeous isle. New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1908. 12mo (19.6 cm, 7.71"). , 223,  pp.; 4 col. plts. $75.00
The West Indies are evocatively described in this dramatic romance, starring two sensitive, intelligent outcasts: a once-dissipated poet still shunned by high society and an independent young woman considered too Amazonian to rate as a fashionable belle. The crisis comes due to the poet's inability to write without the influence of alcohol, so that his beloved is forced to choose between helping him preserve his health or his creative genius.
=> This is the first edition, illustrated with four striking color-printed plates by Clarence Coles Phillips, demonstrating his characteristic use of negative space.
Binding: Publisher's brick-colored cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped title and vignette of the heroine stamped in silver and gilt, spine with gilt-stamped title and silver-stamped butterfly motif. => The very unusual color-printed endpapers depict the novel's characters interspersed with (and shown as) butterflies.
Smith, American Fiction, 1901–1925, A-341. Bound as above, extremities a bit rubbed; spine very slightly darkened. Pages fresh and clean. => An interesting text, in an attractive presentation. (37481) Please RESHELVE This.
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