The Knave of Hearts

The Knave of Hearts. Louise Saunders, Maxfield Parrish.
The Knave of Hearts
The Knave of Hearts
The Knave of Hearts
The Knave of Hearts
The final book illustrated by Maxfield Parrish and the most brilliant
The Knave of Hearts

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. First edition. A Near Fine copy of the book that suffers from light to moderate foxing throughout (and on the front cover illustration). Original black cloth with mounted cover illustration and pictorial endpapers. Complete with the full complement of illustrations by Maxfield Parrish, his last and most brilliant book illustration project. Oddly, the title page of this copy is printed out of register, so that the font and images are blurry. We have never seen a copy like this and suspect that it was an error caught very early on in the print run.

Parrish worked for three years on the illustrations for the book, creating an elaborate model of the castle to use for his inspiration. In agreeing to work on the project, Parrish wrote: "You must understand all this layout to be in gorgeous color. The landscapes back of the figures in the cover lining - a very beautiful affair illuminated by a golden late afternoon sun: castles, waterfall, rocks and mountains." (Letter from Oct. 24, 1920 to H. Chapin of Scribner's)
Near Fine (Item #1578)

Price: $1,750