Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving Henry Altemus Publishing 1900

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This is a wonderful collectible hardcover. 1900 Henry Altemus Publishing. Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving in one edition. This copy is in good condition. There is light natural tanning to pages from age but they are clean and no real foxing seen, only a hint inside back cover. This small 16mo 5"x7" cloth hardcover edition is a clever edition with color illustrations on cloth cover front and back. The binding is tight and straight. There is a previous owners bookplate inside front cover and on first blank page neatly written "From Grandma". (see photos).

The speciality of this edition, published in 1900 by Henry Altemus, consists in the illustrations by Gordon Browne. The text is divided into pages of various sizes in order that the passages illustrated may come directly opposite the respective illustrations.
The famous story of Rip Van Winkle first appeared in 1818 and republished in London as a series of papers under the title of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent, which was a pseudonym of Irving. He had already gain recognition from his humorous and fictitious History of New York by Diedrich Knickerbocker.
And of course, the complete title of the other selection in this book is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Found Among the Papers of the Late Diedrich Knickerbocker, is referenced directly from the earlier fictional character, Diedrich Knickerbocker. This charming edition is sure to please any literary fan or Irving collector.

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