SKETCH BOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT. [pseudonym]. Artist's Edition. Illustrated with One Hundred and Twenty Engravings on Wood, from Original Designs. New York: G. P. Putnam, 441 Broadway, 1864. Quarto, pp. [1-5] 6-8  10-504, flyleaves at front and rear, inserted half title, engraved title and frontispiece (portrait of Irving), other illustrations in the text, original full black crushed morocco (by Matthews), all panels stamped in gold, inner dentelles, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. First printing of the "Artist's Edition." A deluxe edition (printed by C. A. Alvord) with illustrations by John W. Casilear, Seymour Guy, Emanuel Leutze, F. O. C. Darley, C. L. Elliott, Charles Parsons, John McLenan, William Hart, Augustus Hoppin, Daniel Huntington, Albert F. Bellows, and others (engraved on wood by Richardson and Cox) which Hamilton (Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers) declares is "one of the finest gift books of the sixties." Irving's first major work of fiction, including "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," his two most famous stories, as well as "The Spectre Bridegroom," a fine mock Gothic terror tale. "The father of the American short story and one of the first American professional writers, Irving is an important link in the transfer of the stories of German Romanticism to American soil ... Irving's work laid the foundation for the writings of William Austin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe and others." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 505. "Not only in the creation of the short story was Irving a pioneer. His work marks a progress in the American romance, so great as to be not merely a development, but a new species. The inconsistencies, the incongruities of which even [Charles Brockden] Brown was guilty, give place to a completeness of structure and a professional surety of touch. Irving's romances, even when we know, though constant rereading, just what is to happen, charm us by the grace of their form and the solvent of a humor which is his alone." - Quinn, American Fiction, p. 43. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 1-46. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 884. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, pp. 686-88. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 224-25. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 1-181 and 2-51. Bleiler (1978), p. 107. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). BAL 10375. Morocco rubbed at edges, principally spine ends and corners and along outer joints, a tight, very good, internally fine copy. A nice copy of this attractive book. (#151715).
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