The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon Gent – Washington Irving 1865 | 1st Edition


  • Author: Washington Irving
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam: Hurd & Houghton, New York, 1958
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Size: 4to
  • Attributes: First Edition, Illustrated, Fine Binding

An Artist’s Edition, First fully illustrated edition with 120 wonderful engravings by various artists. Fine binding, full calf with gilt designs and five raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled end papers. Spine ends and corners rubbed. A VG to Near Fine copy.

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In The Sketch-Book (1820-21), Irving explores the uneasy relationship of an American writer to English literary traditions. In two sketches, he experiments with tales transplanted from Europe, thereby creating the first classic American short stories, Rip Van Winkle, and The Legend of Sleepy
Hollow. Based on Washington Irving’s final revision of his most popular work with 120 wonderful wood engravings by various artists.

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