The Warwick Woodlands, or Things as They Were There Ten Years Ago, by Frank Forester

Philadelphia, PA: G.B. Zieber & Co., 1845. First edition. 12mo. iv, [5]-168 pp. Laid in is a clipped fragment from an autograph letter, Herbert's four-line closing sentiment ,signed by him and dated "Portland, October 18th 1839", with portions of three partial lines of the letter's text on the verso. Herbert bibliographer William Van Winkle's copy, with his bookplate on the inner front board of the case. BAL 8085. Phillips, p. 175. Bruns H-167: "Rare." Gee "Sportsman's Library" 75. Van Winkle & Randall, pp. 13-14. Wright I, 1181. Van Winkle sale (Parke-Bernet, 1940) 350: "The excessively rare first edition, in the original wrappers. According to American Book Prices Current, this is the second copy of this work in original wrappers to appear at public sale in America, and much superior in condition to the other copy sold. Rare in any state ... this work is generally claimed to be the finest of the author's sporting books." Currently, copies in wrappers are located at Yale and the New York Public Library (leather binding, with wrappers bound in); a third copy in wrappers, the Bradley Martin copy, sold at his auction in 1990 and sold again in 2002. Original printed buff wrappers (rear wrapper wanting, backstrip eroded, other minor edgewear, as described in the Van Winkle sale catalogue), housed in a custom red morocco-backed cloth folding case. Lower margin of title-page and text block with tideline from old staining (as described in the Van Winkle sale catalogue), a good copy of a rare book, apparently one of four known copies in the original wrappers. (3018). Item #56293

Price: $3,500.00

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