New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1905. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (8vo). Very good- condition. Item #012485
Approximately 150 pages of text. Original hardcover binding with photo-onlay on front cover; moderately rubbed, slightly soiled, and moderately faded on spine. A small piece of cloth on the spine was gouged out, and the top edge suffers a tiny chip. No dustjacket, but protected in custom stiff archival mylar. Illustrated with numerous black & white photographs by Leigh Richmond Miner. Page decorations by Will Jenkins. Contains a 17-line poem, handwritten by the author, and signed by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). It is here titled "Life" and begins "A little dreaming by the way" and ends "Love, death, the themes, but is that all?" This poem was published under the title "The Sum" in Dunbar's 1899 publication "Lyrics of the Hearthside." Minor soiling to the poem/manuscript/autograph page, and a few others. The binding has been restored as follows: inner hinges strengthened (archival material visible) and binding cloth cleaned. Paper restoration as follows: tiny tear at bottom of title page mended, and previous owner stamps removed from four pages, and lined with Japanese tissue. Small black dot on bottom edge of closed pages. Previous owners' Christmas/New Year gift label affixed to the front endpaper "For Oliver Corry from Dad 1906." A significant and rare offering of a complete handwritten and signed Dunbar poem.