Place Published: New York
Publisher: John Lane
Date Published: 1912-1998
Binding: Hard Cover
FEATURES RARE SUNSHINE SKETCHES 1ST AMERICAN ISSUE WITH DUST JACKET & SIGNED
Collection includes 5 books, two of which are early works in dust jacket. Of special importance is first American issue of Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. Plus, one signed Leacock postcard to Mr. Trevellian, dated 10 March 1940 and Leacock stamp and drawing on envelope (12 Nov. 1969), first day of issue.
• Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. New York: John Lane, 1912. First American issue, first printing, in dust jacket. Brown cloth with cream lettering (stamping on spine missing a few letters). The jacket, featuring an illustration of Jos. Smith by Hovsh on the front panel, is in very good condition – small piece missing from the back panel, tiny chips on the spine, a few smudges on the front panel. Tipped in before the front free endpaper is an extra leaf: “Sent to the National Allied Bazaar by Stephen Leacock Dec. 1916.” National Allied Bazaar was held in Boston in the Mechanics Bldg from December 9 to 20 to fund raise for sufferers of the First World War. It was organised by the (American) National Allied Relief Committee. This was before America officially entered the war.
The copies of the first printing described by Spadoni (A11a.1) have a cancel title, but the copy here has an integral title leaf. Although WorldCat records 26 copies of the first American issue of Sunshine Sketches, the book in jacket in this condition is one of the great rarities of Canadian literature. Carl Spadoni, the author A Bibliography of Stephen Leacock, includes a b&w copy of the jacket, which he obtained from Robert Dagg Rare Books catalogue 24 (October 1996). Spadoni did not examine the Dagg copy because it was sold privately. The only other known copy of the first American issue in jacket was acquired by Library and Archives Canada.
• Behind the Beyond. New York: John Lane, 1913. First American edition in very good dust jacket. Green cloth in slightly chipped jacket. The white jacket has brown printing and an illustration,“The Curtain Rises”, in brown by A.H. Fish. Illustrated by Fish with 17 plates: colour frontispiece, 16 b&w drawings. The front flap has information on the book and Leacock (referred to as the “the Canadian Mark Twain”). From an aesthetic perspective, this book is important because it is Fish’s debut work as an illustrator. Spadoni A12a.
• Povestiri umorisci [Short Stories, a selection from Leacock’s many works.]. Bucure ti: Editura pentru Literatur Universal , 1965. Romanian trans. Tudor Mainescu and Micaela Ghitescu. Paperback in very good condition. Spadoni H51.
Laugh with Leacock. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1930. First American edition. Spadoni A56a. Red moiré cloth, a few pages torn at the right side. The book has tributes on pp. v-vii about Leacock’s work from fourteen humorist, including Irvin S. Cobb, Charles Partlow “Chic” Sale (the American actor and vaudevillian), and George Ade. Signed by Sale’s wife on the front free endpaper. Inserted into the book are: an undated ALS from Leacock to Sale in which Leacock invites Sale to his club and informs him that he’s hosting a party for him; and a card signed by Sale, circa 1930, featuring original mixed media illustration by notable collector H.M. Brehm, Appleton, Wisconsin.
• Two Stories & a Letter for Christmas. Ottawa: Fomorian Press, 1998. Dark green wrappers, embossed silver label on the front cover, wire-stitched. Fine condition. Designed by Douglas McKercher and published in a limited edition of 200 copies. Intended as a stocking stuffer at Christmas and dedicated to the designer’s children and their children. With an e-mail from McKercher inserted, explaining the origin of this publications. Only one copy (LAC) reported by WorldCat. Includes “A Christmas Letter”, “Hoodoo McGinn’s Christmas”, and “The Errors of Santa Claus”.
• One signed postcard: Postcard to Mr. Trevellian, 10 March 1940, thanking him for his kind letter about Too Much College. The front of the card has a photo of the Windsor Hotel in Montreal where Leacock resided in the later part of his life.
• Leacock stamp on envelope (12 November 1969), first day of issue, with a colour drawing on the front of the envelope of Leacock and a man laughing.
On consignment with LDRB.
Very Good / Good. Item #8734