Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1930. First edition thus. One of 1000 copies of Kent's illustration masterwork. This copy inscribed "To James B. Rankin by Rockwell Kent 1933." Publisher's postcard addressed to Rankin indicates that he was an original subscriber for the book. Also laid into this copy is a message from the publisher regarding the release of the trade edition and highlighting the differences between the two editions. The books are Fine, clean and sharp with just a touch of discoloration at the spine ends. Many pages are unopened and clearly never read. Lacking the glassine jackets, but housed in the original aluminum slipcase which is Very Good+ to Near Fine. Slipcase has two small dents and a bit of wear or oxidation on the outer panels.
One of the most famous illustrated books of the 20th century and a towering example of Rockwell Kent's art. Published on fine rag-paper in a large format (pages about 8 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches) and in three volumes. With the full complement of 280 woodcut illustrations, eight more than the trade edition. From James B. Rankin's distinguished collection, a part of which is now housed at Princeton University. A book that is quite uncommon to find inscribed. Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #789)
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