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Old Plantation Days by Archibald Rutledge - Rare Book - $850 (Audubon, PA)

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OLD PLANTATION DAYS by Archibald Rutledge. Illustrated. Cumberland MD: the Eddy Press. Although undated, this book is known by the inscription date to have been published prior to December, 1913. Privately printed as a gift to friends and associates, this is the earliest edition of this title and is now quite rare. Only 100 to 250 copies of this gift volume were printed. The book is autographed by author on the first blank page preceding the title page. The book was presented to the Seller’s grandfather, Victor M. Birely, while he was a student of Mr. Rutledge at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. The author taught English there for 37 years. The book has been in the possession of the family ever since. Mr. Birely inscribed his name, address, date of receiving the book, and numbered it “24” on the inside front cover. The inscription reads: “V. M. Birely, Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA., Dec. 13, 1913.” In hardback with no dust jacket as issued, the book measures 5.75” X 8.25” with 160 pages. The book contains 18 classic Nature and Americana short stories, 5 stories of which are not seen in later trade editions.

Book is in Very Good/Fine condition, with no torn or loose pages. A former internal separation between the front cover and first end page has been professionally repaired as may be seen in the photo #4. Other than the author’s autograph and the original owner’s 1913 inscriptions, there is neither writing nor marks, discoloration, watermarks or foxing speckles on any pages. There is minor surface-only rubbing to the front edge of spine. The page edges are only minimally age-toned and worn, while the pages remain bright. The text and all illustrations are clearly visible throughout.

Asking $850.00. Sale of this book is being handled by the contracted sales agent, Rare Consigned Books at http;//www.ardorent.com/rareconsignedbooks/Signedarchibaldrutledge1913/. Contact this website for further information regarding payment and shipping.


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