Ithaca and New York: 1919-. First edition. A collection of key editions of William Strunk, Jr.’s famous text on American English language usage, The Elements of Style, including one of Strunk’s two privately printed editions (1919), the first trade edition published by Harcourt, Brace (1920), and finally a private edition published by the Thrift Press circa 1945. The Elements of Style was later revised by Strunk’s student, E.B. White, at which point this guide became the definitive grammar reference for writers and editors in the United States. A remarkable collection of editions.
The 1919 privately printed edition: 43 pages, publisher’s light brown wrappers, saddle-stitched, light soil, rubbing along the spine fold and some creasing at one corner, about Very Good overall.
The Harcourt, Brace edition (1920): 52 pages, publisher’s green paper-covered boards with black tape binding as issued and the “HB” colophon on the front board. Owner name on front flyleaf, else text is clean; faint soil to the boards, but quite bright overall, Very Good+ at least.
The Thrift Press edition (undated, circa 1945): 52 pages, publisher’s orange saddle-stitched wrappers. Very Good+ condition, tiny owner name on front wrapper, ring-stain and title offsetting on the rear wrapper, otherwise clean. Very Good (Item #368)
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