Title Blue-Beard: A Contribution to History and Folk-Lore - with Edwin Davis French, Cosmos Club Bookplate
Book Condition Fair
Edition First American edition
Publisher New York Putnams 1899
Seller ID 639
New York: Putnams, 1899. First American edition. Hardcover. Fair. [Henry Curtis, Edwin Davis French, Cosmos Club] Wilson, Thomas. Blue-Beard: A Contribution to History and Folk-Lore. New York: G.P. Putnams’ Sons/The Knickerbocker Press, 1899, first U.S. printing. Hardcover, 6 1/4 by 8 1/2-inches, frontis, xv, 212 pp. Brown cloth with dull gilt spine titles and gilt cover decoration. Bumping and heavy wear to the corners, heavy wear and chipping to the head and tail of the spine, discoloration where a spine label was removed, and front hinge starting to crack. “Purchased April 1961 at library sale [illegible signature]” in blue ballpoint on the ffep. Despite its condition, a fascinating book. From the title page: “Being the history of Gilles de Retz of Brittany, France, who was executed at Nantes in 1440 A.D. and who was the original of Blue-Beard in the tales of Mother Goose.” But the fun part here is that this copy was once in the library of the Cosmos Club, the famed Washington DC sciences and arts club. This volume is inscribed, though not signed, by the author on the ffep: “To the Cosmos Club from the author – a member.” On the front pastedown is the stunning bookplate for the Cosmos Club designed by Henry Curtis and engraved by Edwin Davis French featuring at the center a pearl, a symbol of unblemished perfection.* Below is mounted an engraved plate that reads “Collection of Books by Members.” (*Keenan, p. 52) First Edition.