Place Published: New York
Publisher: John Lane
Date Published: 1912-1940
Edition: 1st, American issue
Binding: Hard Cover
RARE SUNSHINE SKETCHES 1ST AMERICAN ISSUE WITH DUST JACKET & 31 OTHER ITEMS
Collection contains 32 items in total dating from 1912 to 1908, including; 1 Sunshine Sketches 1912, 1st American issue with rare dust jacket ; 5 items unknown to Leacock’s bibliographer ; 5 Leacock booklets ; 6 Leacock books (three signed) ; 4 other items ; 11 pieces of ephemera including; 6 signed letters; 1 broadsheet; 2 signed advertising leaflets; 3 B&W photos; 1 Printed Leacock headphoto; 3 souvenir pamphlets.
Stephen P. H Butler Leacock was a professor, political scientist, writer, and humorist. Between the years 1910 and 1925, he was the one of the most widely read English-speaking authors in the world. He is known for his light humour along with criticisms of people's follies. The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour was named in his honour. In 1947 Canada Post issued a six-cent stamp with his image.
• A TRUE RARITY - 1ST AMERICAN EDITION. 1912 SUNSHINE SKETCHES WITH RARE DUST JACKET, CONSIDERED HIS MASTERPIECE.
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. New York: John Lane, 1912. First American issue, first printing, in jacket. Brown cloth with cream lettering. The lettering is faint on the spine, and there are a few flecks missing from the upper board. Otherwise in very good condition. The jacket, featuring an illustration of Jos. Smith by Hovsh on the front panel, is in good condition. Two very small pieces are missing from the top and bottom of the spine panel. The jacket has been repaired at two places: the right side of the front panel on to the front flap; and the top of the spine panel on to the back flap. Leacock’s signature on a slip of paper laid in. Signed in pencil on the front free endpaper by Burton E. Livingston (1875-1948), a professor of plant physiology who graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1902 and worked there as an assistant from 1899 to 1905. Leacock also attended the University of Chicago during this time period. Housed in a beautiful clam shell box executed by Felton Bookbinding. Quarter bound in dark brown gilt tooled leather, the box is in brown linen cloth with a colour copy in miniature of the jacket’s front panel inset on the front of the box. Pasted on the inside of the box is the upper board and spine from another copy of the American issue of the book.
5 ITEMS NOT RECORDED BY LEACOCK BIBLIOGRAPHER (SPADONI):
• Number Fifty Six (1914). A miniature book, wire-stitched, very small piece missing from the bottom right corner, otherwise very good. This is an unrecorded issue of Spadoni A15 with advertisements at the back of the book for Dubbelbilt suits for boys.
• “When Fellers Go Fishing”, Rod and Gun in Canada, 41, no. 10 (March 1940): 8-9, 33.
• A Mauzoleum Club. Budapest: Pharos, 1943. Trans. by Szabó-Froreich Antal of Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich. Tan patterned paper boards, labels on the spine. Splits and chipped on the spine.
• Boarding House Geometry. London: Produced by Warren Editions for David Game Tudors, 1975. Designed by Jonathan Gili and printed at the Compton Press, Salisbury in an edition of 450 copies.  pp. with separate printed slip laid in “This copy comes with best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from Warren Editions (Jonathan & Phillida Gili), London.” Paper covers, wire-stitched. In fine condition. No other copy recorded thus far.
• A Financial Career. Cincinnati, Ohio: Privately printed, 1980. Marbled paper boards, quarter bound in black cloth. Housed in a marbled thick paper slipcase. A private press book. “This is the twenty-ninth in a series of limited edition books which The Fleuron Press has issued and distributed to its customers and friends during the holiday season.” No. 138 of 180 numbered copies. Very good.
5 LEACOCK BOOKLETS:
• Number Fifty-Six. New York: Winthrop Press, 1914. Miniature book 2-1/8 x 2-7/8 inches. 40pp, self cover, pictorial wrappers of a Chinese man at a laundry holding up a shirt. Spadoni A15a
3 Armed Services Editions. Although these editions were produced for soldiers of the American forces during World War II, they are in fact quite scarce.
• Happy Stories, Just to Laugh at. New York: Editions for the Armed Services,  5-1/2 x 4 inches, 288pp plus soft cover. L-10. Published by arrangement with Dodd, Mead & Company, New York. Date of publication based on series numbering. Text in double columns. Oblong paper covers. Includes: Mr. McCoy sails for Fiji -- Pawn to king's four -- Impervious to women -- The Jones's enchanted castle -- Mr. Alcorn improves himself -- Clouds that rolled by -- Angel Pond, lure of the north -- Cooking for victory -- Good news! A new party! -- The life of Lea and Perrins -- A morning off -- Mr. Plumter, B.A., revisits the old shop -- Allegrory Island -- Damon and Pythias, barristers, solicitors, etc. -- Boom times -- Mariposa moves on. Spadoni A99b.
• Laugh with Leacock: an anthology of the best work of Stephen Leacock. New York: Editions for the Armed Services,  6-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches, 288pp plus soft cover. G-197. "Wit and humor"--Cover. Published by arrangement with Dodd, Mead & Company, New York. Date of publication based on series numbering. Text in double columns. Oblong paper covers, wire-stitched. Scotch tape on the spine. Spadoni A56b.
• My Remarkable Uncle, and other sketches. New York: Editions for the Armed Services,  5-1/2 x 3-3/4 inches, 128pp plus soft cover. 076. “Selected sketches”--Cover. Published by arrangement with Dodd, Mead and Company, Inc., New York. Date of publication based on series numbering. Text in double columns. Oblong paper covers, wire-stitched. Includes: My remarkable uncle -- The old farm and the new frame -- The struggle to make us gentlemen -- The mathematics of the lost chord -- The passing of the kitchen -- Come back to school -- Among the antiques -- What is a sport? -- When fellers go fishing -- The saving grace of humour -- War-time Santa Claus -- Cricket for Americans -- Our American visitors -- The transit of Venus -- Three score and ten -- L'envoi: A salutation across the sea. Spadoni A93c.
• My Financial Career and How to Make a Million Dollars (1914). 4th issue of this miniature book, wire-stitched, very good. Reference on the back of the wrapper to the Knights of Columbus, Committee of War Activities. Spadoni A14.a3. Only 1 other copy of this issue recorded (Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University).
16 PIECES OF EPHEMERA (6 SIGNED):
• 4 ALS written by Leacock: to Mr. McLean, 14 May 1915 and 21 May [1915?], re his lectures on behalf of the Belgian Relief Fund at Fort William, Collingwood, and Sault Ste. Marie.
• 2 ALS written by Leacock: one to Mr. Jackson, 27 November 1918, with regard to his request for a signed photo; and the other to Mr. Newman, circa 1925, on mourning black paper letter, undoubtedly a short reply thanking Newman for his condolences on the death of Leacock’s wide, Beatrix.
• “Our Wild Game as Food”, Rod and Gun in Canada, 45, no. 8 (January 1944): 6-7, 15-16. Spadoni C44.2.
• 3 b&w photos: Leacock circa 1940; Agnes Leacock, Leacock’s mother, near a house (either hers or that of Leacock); and another with a child and a car at the same house.
• 1 Broadsheet on green paper. 372 × 210 mm. The Babes in the Woods. | Written by Stephen Leacock for the Occasion. Verso states: Souvenir Programme Sold for the Red Cross - - 10 cents | [rule] | The Old Brewery Players | Third Annual Mid-Summer Entertainment | Friday, August 16, 1940…. Spadoni A90. The story of Leacock’s play The Babes in the Woods concerns two children from England who are seeking shelter from the bombing in England during wartime. Leacock liked to write plays for children, staging them in his living room or on his lawn at Old Brewery Bay, his home in Orillia, Ontario. A very scarce program. The only other extant copies are at the Leacock Museum or in the Leacock collection at McGill University.
• 1 Advertising leaflet , 4 pp. signed by Leacock, regarding the publication of The British Empire: Its Structure, Its Unity, Its Strength (New York: Dodd Mead, 1940). Although Spadoni describes the advertisements (Spadoni A89b and A89c) for the Canadian and British markets, he does not record this advertising leaflet for the American market.
• 1 Printed Leacock headphoto, 6 x 6-1/4 inches, inscribed, signed and dated 1940.
• With a large paper dust jacket, issued by the Leacock Museum as a memento as to what the jacket of the first edition might have looked like.
• 3 souvenir pamphlets issued by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box for the Leacock Medal Award Dinner: June 11, 2005, Stephen Leacock Adapts Thomas Gray for a New Era; June 10, 2006, Random Rhymes; June 12, 2010, John Peterson, The Incredulity of Stephen Leacock, Father Brown Meets Stephen Leacock.
6 BOOKS (three signed)
• Nonsense Novels. London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1919. Green cloth, some discolouration. Spadoni A7a (reprint). Signed by Leacock on the front free endpaper with a note from the owner of the book that he had the book signed by Leacock during a trip to Montreal on 25-7 February 1922.
• Canada: The Foundations of Its Future. Montreal: Privately printed by the House of Seagram, 1941. Deluxe “edition” in red padded leather, gilt tooling on the inside edges of the boards, two signets, all edges gilt. Signed by Samuel Bronfman and Leacock. Spadoni 92a.
• How to Write. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1943. Signed on front free endpaper: “With all good wishes | to Morris Fishbein | Stephen Leacock | Ap. 12 1943”. Very good. No jacket. Spadoni 96a.
• Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1912. The first English edition, first printing in red cloth (repaired) without the jacket (Spadoni A11a).
• Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1912. 4th impression. Top edge gilt. Camel brown suede leather (this binding variant not recorded by Spadoni).
• The Year Book of Canadian Art 1913. Compiled by the Arts and & Letters Club of Toronto. (London and Toronto: J.M. Dent & Sons, Limited), brownish green paper boards, quarter-bound in brownish green cloth, in jacket (chipped at the spine panel). Contains Andrew MacPhail, “Stephen Leacock”, pp. 5-7 with b&w photoprint of Leacock.
Without a doubt a very special collection of Stephen Leacock material highlighted by a truly rare 1st American edition of Sunshine Sketches with a dust jacket plus 31 other Leacock items
This collection is on consignment with LDRB.
Very Good / Good. Item #7394