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Davis, R[ichard] H[arding]
THE ADVENTURES OF MY FRESHMAN. BETHLEHEM, PA: MORAVIAN PRINT, [1883-84]
LOT SOLD. 750 GBP
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Davis, R[ichard] H[arding]
THE ADVENTURES OF MY FRESHMAN. BETHLEHEM, PA: MORAVIAN PRINT, [1883-84]
LOT SOLD. 750 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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Davis, R[ichard] H[arding]
THE ADVENTURES OF MY FRESHMAN. BETHLEHEM, PA: MORAVIAN PRINT, [1883-84]
8vo, FIRST EDITION AND FIRST SEPARATE PUBLICATION OF A WORK BY THE AUTHOR, PRESENTATION COPY TO THE ACTOR FRANCIS WILSON, inscribed on preliminary blank by the author "To Francis Wilson | with sincere | regards of | Richard Harding Davis | 'Oh, that mine enemy would | write a book - at the age of | eighteen' ", 6 full-page illustrations by H.W. Rowley, 6pp. advertisements at end, original pictorial wrappers, cloth chemise and slipcase, pencil drawing added to final illustration, final blank leaf excised, wrappers creased with some chipping and loss to extremities including loss of 34mm. to foot of backstrip
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Provenance

Francis Wilson, inscription noted above; H.H. Furness Jr. (Shakespeare scholar), presentation inscription; H. Bradley Martin, book label (sale Sotheby's New York, 30 January 1990, lot 2025)

Literature

BAL 4508; Jackson, "21 or Younger", 19; Quinby 1

Catalogue Note

RARE. Printed at the expense of the author's mother, this volume was sold for 25c around Lehigh University which Davis attended. Realizing that the books were not selling, Davis's family bought up the remaining copies and hid them in the attic. Discovering them years later, Davis destroyed them. Of ten copies located, seven are in institutional collections.

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