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SOLD - Vintage book RARE Oct 1906 edition The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, arrangement and illustrations by Arthur I Keller

SOLD - Vintage book RARE Oct 1906 edition The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, arrangement and illustrations by Arthur I Keller

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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

I will say this much, I have been unable to find this copy ANYWHERE else -- copies that purport to have the same dates and illustrations, etc, all have different covers than this one, so at first I was confused but then realized this must be a very, very unique printing. So this is much rarer an edition than I gave it credit for at first and might be completely unique and unavailable anywhere else at this point, though I will continue to look every so often.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is just that: a legend. Therefor you likely know it already, or think you do, but many of you probably have never actually read it. You think of the Headless Horseman, the tale of Ichabod Crane, the names sound familiar and the plot points make you nod, yes, yes, I know, but you really don't until you've actually read it. This I found out for myself.

Around Halloween I picked this up and was confused by the cover -- where was the horse? Where was the forest? The creepiness? Ichabod, even? The cover has columns and inked designs and gilt lettering of course, but the picture confused me to the point I had to pick it up and double check it was actually the tale I thought it was. The front has a pasted-down picture of a woman dressed in beautiful high-end corset and gown, complete with done-up hair and flowered hat, in a garden or something, leaning out from a tree and looking at something out of frame that we cannot see. Who is this woman? I don't remember specifically a woman character standing out much in the story, do I? So I had to read it myself and find out. I'm glad I did, and encourage you to as well.

Another oddity I'll mention quickly -- Washington Irving's name is nowhere to be found on the front, just "Illustrated by Arthur I Keller." So, so strange to me, until I saw the illustrations on every page. He is surely given his due, and deserves it entirely. Washington Irving's story is well known as his, but the art is what makes this particular copy of this book, and so his name being on the front alone is in some way the perfect tribute, perfectly sensible. Anyway, I'm glad I picked it up regardless of its weird outside aspects because this copy is so beautiful inside thanks to Keller, and of course beautifully written by Irving. Here are a few quotes to give you a sense of both the story and the writing style:

- "A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere. Some say that the place was bewitched by a High German doctor, during the early days of the settlement; others, that an old Indian chief, the prophet or wizard of his tribe, held his powwows there before the country was discovered by Master Hendrick Hudson. Certain it is the place still continues under the sway of some witching power, that holds a spell over the minds of the good people, causing them to walk in a continual reverie. They are given to all kinds of marvelous beliefs; are subject to trances and vision; and frequently see strange sights, and hear music and voices in the air...The dominant spirit, however, that haunts this enchanted region, and seems to be commander-in-chief of all the powers of the air, is the apparition of a figure on horseback without a head."

- And of Ichabod Crane, and the woman on the front cover, "He would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was -- a woman.
Among the musical disciples who assembled, one evening in each week, to receive his instructions in psalmody, was Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter and only child of a substantial Dutch farmer. She was a blooming lass of fresh eighteen; plump as a partridge; ripe and melting and rosy-cheeked as one of her father's peaches, and universally famed, not merely for her beauty, but her vast expectations...Ichabod Crane had a soft and foolish heart toward the sex; and it is not to be wondered at, that so tempting a morsel soon found favor in his eyes."

- And finally of the horseman himself, "Over a deep black part of the stream, not far from the church, was formerly thrown a wooden bridge; the road that led to it, and the bridge itself, were thickly shaded by overhanging trees, which cast a gloom about it, even in the daytime; but occasioned a fearful darkness at night. This was one of the favorite haunts of the headless horseman; and the place where he was most frequently encountered. The tale was told of old Brouwer, a most heretical disbeliever in ghosts, how he met the horseman returning from his foray into Sleepy Hollow, and was obliged to get up behind him; how they galloped over bush and brake, over hill and swamp, until they reached the bridge; when the horseman suddenly turned into a skeleton, threw old Brouwer into the brook, and sprang away over the tree-tops with a clap of thunder...All these tales, told in that drowsy undertone with which men talk in the dark, the countenances of the listeners only now and then receiving a casual gleam from the glare of a pipe, sank deep in the mind of Ichabod."

I wish I could quote the whole thing for you, it is beautifully written and so creepy, relatable, you feel you are in this strange mystical town hearing these stories and feeling the desires and fears of Ichabod Crane yourself, and suddenly reality and fantasy blend and you don't know what is actually happening or only in his--or your--head. I want everyone to read this, and to read it in such a beautifully illustrated copy -- color illustrations on every single page! And all so wonderful and gorgeous to look at, some you want to frame! Especially those of the headless horseman. They are stunning in orange and black, those very colors of darkness and halloween, fire and brimstone, hell and ghostly emptiness...

There is no other copy like this, and I can't wait for someone else to see it and read it and love it as I do.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
-Author: Washington Irving
-Illustrator: Arthur I. Keller
-Format: Hardcover, first edition, gold-embossed spine and cover with black-ink carvings and paste-down color illustration on cover, preserved wax sheet protecting frontispiece from title-page, has on copyright page a note "This Edition of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is published by arrangement with the Messrs. G. P. Putnam's Sons, the authorized publishers of the Works of Washington Irving. Illustrations black and white with notes of color on every single page!
-Condition: Nearly mint. Evidence of previous tape on bottom front that was ripped off but does not stand out too much, signed by previous owner famous Cincinnati society girl and world-traveler "Helen Whitelaw Jackson, Christmas 1908"
-Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, in collaboration with "Messrs. G. P. Putnam's Sons"
-Copyright: 1906 The Bobbs-Merrill Company
-Date published: October 1906
-Provenance: Previously owned by Helen Whitelaw Jackson, the famous and intriguing society girl from wealthy historical family in Cincinnati and world-traveler who wrote journals and books and took pictures and notes of her travels that have been in museum exhibitions and are reportedly currently in the private collection at the Cincinnati Museum of Art
-Pricing: I priced this item in several ways, and I believe it is currently priced less than its worth -- this includes taking into consideration the renown of its previous owner and her family and her signature, the fame of the story and its author as well as the beauty and uniqueness of its illustrations/illustrator, the note of its special arrangement with famed sons of the infamous historical publisher Putnam (later to be Putnam and Sons, etc.), the good condition it is in, and finally its worth was determined by the inability to find another of this copy fore sale existing ANYWHERE else.
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

I will say this much, I have been unable to find this copy ANYWHERE else -- copies that purport to have the same dates and illustrations, etc, all have different covers than this one, so at first I was confused but then realized this must be a very, very unique printing. So this is much rarer an edition than I gave it credit for at first and might be completely unique and unavailable anywhere else at this point, though I will continue to look every so often.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is just that: a legend. Therefor you likely know it already, or think you do, but many of you probably have never actually read it. You think of the Headless Horseman, the tale of Ichabod Crane, the names sound familiar and the plot points make you nod, yes, yes, I know, but you really don't until you've actually read it. This I found out for myself.

Around Halloween I picked this up and was confused by the cover -- where was the horse? Where was the forest? The creepiness? Ichabod, even? The cover has columns and inked designs and gilt lettering of course, but the picture confused me to the point I had to pick it up and double check it was actually the tale I thought it was. The front has a pasted-down picture of a woman dressed in beautiful high-end corset and gown, complete with done-up hair and flowered hat, in a garden or something, leaning out from a tree and looking at something out of frame that we cannot see. Who is this woman? I don't remember specifically a woman character standing out much in the story, do I? So I had to read it myself and find out. I'm glad I did, and encourage you to as well.

Another oddity I'll mention quickly -- Washington Irving's name is nowhere to be found on the front, just "Illustrated by Arthur I Keller." So, so strange to me, until I saw the illustrations on every page. He is surely given his due, and deserves it entirely. Washington Irving's story is well known as his, but the art is what makes this particular copy of this book, and so his name being on the front alone is in some way the perfect tribute, perfectly sensible. Anyway, I'm glad I picked it up regardless of its weird outside aspects because this copy is so beautiful inside thanks to Keller, and of course beautifully written by Irving. Here are a few quotes to give you a sense of both the story and the writing style:

- "A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere. Some say that the place was bewitched by a High German doctor, during the early days of the settlement; others, that an old Indian chief, the prophet or wizard of his tribe, held his powwows there before the country was discovered by Master Hendrick Hudson. Certain it is the place still continues under the sway of some witching power, that holds a spell over the minds of the good people, causing them to walk in a continual reverie. They are given to all kinds of marvelous beliefs; are subject to trances and vision; and frequently see strange sights, and hear music and voices in the air...The dominant spirit, however, that haunts this enchanted region, and seems to be commander-in-chief of all the powers of the air, is the apparition of a figure on horseback without a head."

- And of Ichabod Crane, and the woman on the front cover, "He would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was -- a woman.
Among the musical disciples who assembled, one evening in each week, to receive his instructions in psalmody, was Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter and only child of a substantial Dutch farmer. She was a blooming lass of fresh eighteen; plump as a partridge; ripe and melting and rosy-cheeked as one of her father's peaches, and universally famed, not merely for her beauty, but her vast expectations...Ichabod Crane had a soft and foolish heart toward the sex; and it is not to be wondered at, that so tempting a morsel soon found favor in his eyes."

- And finally of the horseman himself, "Over a deep black part of the stream, not far from the church, was formerly thrown a wooden bridge; the road that led to it, and the bridge itself, were thickly shaded by overhanging trees, which cast a gloom about it, even in the daytime; but occasioned a fearful darkness at night. This was one of the favorite haunts of the headless horseman; and the place where he was most frequently encountered. The tale was told of old Brouwer, a most heretical disbeliever in ghosts, how he met the horseman returning from his foray into Sleepy Hollow, and was obliged to get up behind him; how they galloped over bush and brake, over hill and swamp, until they reached the bridge; when the horseman suddenly turned into a skeleton, threw old Brouwer into the brook, and sprang away over the tree-tops with a clap of thunder...All these tales, told in that drowsy undertone with which men talk in the dark, the countenances of the listeners only now and then receiving a casual gleam from the glare of a pipe, sank deep in the mind of Ichabod."

I wish I could quote the whole thing for you, it is beautifully written and so creepy, relatable, you feel you are in this strange mystical town hearing these stories and feeling the desires and fears of Ichabod Crane yourself, and suddenly reality and fantasy blend and you don't know what is actually happening or only in his--or your--head. I want everyone to read this, and to read it in such a beautifully illustrated copy -- color illustrations on every single page! And all so wonderful and gorgeous to look at, some you want to frame! Especially those of the headless horseman. They are stunning in orange and black, those very colors of darkness and halloween, fire and brimstone, hell and ghostly emptiness...

There is no other copy like this, and I can't wait for someone else to see it and read it and love it as I do.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
-Author: Washington Irving
-Illustrator: Arthur I. Keller
-Format: Hardcover, first edition, gold-embossed spine and cover with black-ink carvings and paste-down color illustration on cover, preserved wax sheet protecting frontispiece from title-page, has on copyright page a note "This Edition of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is published by arrangement with the Messrs. G. P. Putnam's Sons, the authorized publishers of the Works of Washington Irving. Illustrations black and white with notes of color on every single page!
-Condition: Nearly mint. Evidence of previous tape on bottom front that was ripped off but does not stand out too much, signed by previous owner famous Cincinnati society girl and world-traveler "Helen Whitelaw Jackson, Christmas 1908"
-Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, in collaboration with "Messrs. G. P. Putnam's Sons"
-Copyright: 1906 The Bobbs-Merrill Company
-Date published: October 1906
-Provenance: Previously owned by Helen Whitelaw Jackson, the famous and intriguing society girl from wealthy historical family in Cincinnati and world-traveler who wrote journals and books and took pictures and notes of her travels that have been in museum exhibitions and are reportedly currently in the private collection at the Cincinnati Museum of Art
-Pricing: I priced this item in several ways, and I believe it is currently priced less than its worth -- this includes taking into consideration the renown of its previous owner and her family and her signature, the fame of the story and its author as well as the beauty and uniqueness of its illustrations/illustrator, the note of its special arrangement with famed sons of the infamous historical publisher Putnam (later to be Putnam and Sons, etc.), the good condition it is in, and finally its worth was determined by the inability to find another of this copy fore sale existing ANYWHERE else.

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
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Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

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