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SOLD - Vintage book Fable & Fiction by Frank Stockton, special folio ed 1949, Tommy Beere original color illustrations, pretty marbled cover

SOLD - Vintage book Fable & Fiction by Frank Stockton, special folio ed 1949, Tommy Beere original color illustrations, pretty marbled cover

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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'll start by saying the illustration is amazing. I love love love this volume for that, and I am secretly hoping someone will not buy this so I can keep it but equally hoping someone will so I can share it. The most disappointing part of this book is that there is almost no information on the illustrator Tommy Beere online, anywhere I looked. I'll have to pick up the hunt again one day but I'm too busy these days to put even more effort into it--but as much as I already scoured the internet, I could find almost no information on him, which I find astounding. Just look at his talent! The artwork in this folio edition of Frank R. Stockton's works is what makes this book very rare and such a treasure.

That, of course, and Stockton's own talent that comes across from the pages in an entirely unique way, I have to say, and you can only really experience it for yourself if you buy it and hold it in your hands and read it as it was meant to be read--in your lap, leaning over and giggling and scratching your head and pondering and eventually closing the book to pick up another time because you are so confused and need to take the time to digest what you've just read.

I read somewhere that Stockton's most famous piece, "The Lady, or the Tiger?" which appears in this book is so much of a fun and fascinating conundrum of a story that it is sometimes taught in high school English classrooms, and that even if he just wrote only this story in his lifetime, he would still have made an impact with this alone.

I would agree, though I love many of his other works in this compilation and would argue fervently that they stack up against his most famous piece as well. My personal favorites are "Our Archery Club" and "The Griffin and the Minor Canon." Still, to not describe the short story that he is most known for would be to do a disservice to Frank R. Stockton, so I'll give you a synopsis, since they do start the book off without any preface -- page one, you are thrown into The Lady, or the Tiger? And you are, or most likely will be, hooked. I have to say I find this fact really cool and kind of ballsy, in a way. It's like, we don't need to introduce you to Stockton, we don't need to set up this story or the stories that will follow -- you, get in there, get in the pages and find your way, starting... now.

Like any fairy tale, the story has a king and a court, but this one is--while not evil--somewhat barbaric in his punishments. The punishment in question is that the criminal has to choose between two doors. Behind one is a lovely maiden. Behind the other, a tiger. You can imagine which one would want to choose, but that is the point--they have no way of knowing. The story describes this punishment and how it is only "semi-barbaric" of course, because of its "perfect fairness" despite the criminal being only accused, not proven guilty. That is the idea of justice in the world Stockton has created, and we follow a young man trapped in that world who has even more than this punishment to confront--he is in love with the princess, daddy's precious pearl, and daddy is...well, at this point you know why being in love with the princess is not so great for our protagonist. The story is known as a "weird tale" in that it doesn't give you what you expect, and while this bothers me (I'll be honest about that) it does lead to tons of questions and questioning of yourself and your own morals and line of thinking. "What would I do in that situation?" is one question that comes to mind. You think of those "choose your own adventure" stories, and that is exactly what Stockton wants you to feel as you read and long after the tale is finished.

So you can only imagine what his other lesser-known works are like.

Here is a quote from "Our Archery Club," which has one of the best illustrations I think I've ever seen in a book, and that's saying something. I included it in the pictures, but part of me wants to plaster it up everywhere in the streets. It is called "We all stopped shooting to look at her" and shows a badass woman in full gown and petticoat raising her arm with a look of smug satisfaction and grace to lock in a bow and prepare to shoot her arrow. I just love it. This quote is about the lady in question:

"As I have said, there were many good archers among the ladies of our club...but the lady who attracted the greatest attention when she shot was Miss Rosa. When this very pretty young lady stood up before the ladies' target--her left side well advanced, her bow firmly held out in her strong left arm, which never quivered, her head a little bent to the right, her arrow drawn back by three well-gloved fingers to the tip of her little ear, her dark eyes steadily fixed upon the gold, and her dress, well fitted over her fine and vigorous figure, falling in graceful folds about her feet, we all stopped shooting to look at her."

If this book were a woman, it would be Miss Rosa. The stories are well told, they make you think, and they are executed in a fashion which engrosses you while the whole time you are not sure what exactly about the story it is you are so eager to finish. This and all the art within, the fact this old book is protected by a folio (rare that it has survived along with the book) are reason enough to want to own it.

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

-Full title: Fable and Fiction: Frank Stockton
-Author: Frank Stockton
-Illustrator: Tommy Beere
-Format: Hardcover, blue and white marbled front and yellow spine, full color illustrations throughout, preserved grey folio slipcase, First Edition
-Condition: The slipcase is a bit worn but the book is near mint, but I want to say it's in entirely mint condition!
-Publisher: Emmaus, Pennsylvania The Story Classics
-Copyright: 1949
-Date published: 1949
-Provenance: I picked this up in a shop in Connecticut which had this magical Folio section where every book was encased and I had no idea who Frank Stockton was and the case was just grey, so I'm SO HAPPY I picked it up to look at it among the many, many others, because I was immediately enchanted not only with his stories but the BEAUTIFUL illustrations.
-Pricing: I priced this book based on the prices of other copies of this book online, but there was so little information on the artist and this specific copy that I knew the book was much more valuable than the few other copies for sale which have no pictures to assure you of their condition or the trustworthiness of the seller and what you are getting. This book is by a famous author, contains classic stories that will stand the test of time, and is in such a beautiful arrangement with its marbled cover and has protection from its preserved folio (a rare occurrence in vintage books) that the price I arrived at was pretty easy to determine. Of course if you ask me it's worth much more :)
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'll start by saying the illustration is amazing. I love love love this volume for that, and I am secretly hoping someone will not buy this so I can keep it but equally hoping someone will so I can share it. The most disappointing part of this book is that there is almost no information on the illustrator Tommy Beere online, anywhere I looked. I'll have to pick up the hunt again one day but I'm too busy these days to put even more effort into it--but as much as I already scoured the internet, I could find almost no information on him, which I find astounding. Just look at his talent! The artwork in this folio edition of Frank R. Stockton's works is what makes this book very rare and such a treasure.

That, of course, and Stockton's own talent that comes across from the pages in an entirely unique way, I have to say, and you can only really experience it for yourself if you buy it and hold it in your hands and read it as it was meant to be read--in your lap, leaning over and giggling and scratching your head and pondering and eventually closing the book to pick up another time because you are so confused and need to take the time to digest what you've just read.

I read somewhere that Stockton's most famous piece, "The Lady, or the Tiger?" which appears in this book is so much of a fun and fascinating conundrum of a story that it is sometimes taught in high school English classrooms, and that even if he just wrote only this story in his lifetime, he would still have made an impact with this alone.

I would agree, though I love many of his other works in this compilation and would argue fervently that they stack up against his most famous piece as well. My personal favorites are "Our Archery Club" and "The Griffin and the Minor Canon." Still, to not describe the short story that he is most known for would be to do a disservice to Frank R. Stockton, so I'll give you a synopsis, since they do start the book off without any preface -- page one, you are thrown into The Lady, or the Tiger? And you are, or most likely will be, hooked. I have to say I find this fact really cool and kind of ballsy, in a way. It's like, we don't need to introduce you to Stockton, we don't need to set up this story or the stories that will follow -- you, get in there, get in the pages and find your way, starting... now.

Like any fairy tale, the story has a king and a court, but this one is--while not evil--somewhat barbaric in his punishments. The punishment in question is that the criminal has to choose between two doors. Behind one is a lovely maiden. Behind the other, a tiger. You can imagine which one would want to choose, but that is the point--they have no way of knowing. The story describes this punishment and how it is only "semi-barbaric" of course, because of its "perfect fairness" despite the criminal being only accused, not proven guilty. That is the idea of justice in the world Stockton has created, and we follow a young man trapped in that world who has even more than this punishment to confront--he is in love with the princess, daddy's precious pearl, and daddy is...well, at this point you know why being in love with the princess is not so great for our protagonist. The story is known as a "weird tale" in that it doesn't give you what you expect, and while this bothers me (I'll be honest about that) it does lead to tons of questions and questioning of yourself and your own morals and line of thinking. "What would I do in that situation?" is one question that comes to mind. You think of those "choose your own adventure" stories, and that is exactly what Stockton wants you to feel as you read and long after the tale is finished.

So you can only imagine what his other lesser-known works are like.

Here is a quote from "Our Archery Club," which has one of the best illustrations I think I've ever seen in a book, and that's saying something. I included it in the pictures, but part of me wants to plaster it up everywhere in the streets. It is called "We all stopped shooting to look at her" and shows a badass woman in full gown and petticoat raising her arm with a look of smug satisfaction and grace to lock in a bow and prepare to shoot her arrow. I just love it. This quote is about the lady in question:

"As I have said, there were many good archers among the ladies of our club...but the lady who attracted the greatest attention when she shot was Miss Rosa. When this very pretty young lady stood up before the ladies' target--her left side well advanced, her bow firmly held out in her strong left arm, which never quivered, her head a little bent to the right, her arrow drawn back by three well-gloved fingers to the tip of her little ear, her dark eyes steadily fixed upon the gold, and her dress, well fitted over her fine and vigorous figure, falling in graceful folds about her feet, we all stopped shooting to look at her."

If this book were a woman, it would be Miss Rosa. The stories are well told, they make you think, and they are executed in a fashion which engrosses you while the whole time you are not sure what exactly about the story it is you are so eager to finish. This and all the art within, the fact this old book is protected by a folio (rare that it has survived along with the book) are reason enough to want to own it.

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

-Full title: Fable and Fiction: Frank Stockton
-Author: Frank Stockton
-Illustrator: Tommy Beere
-Format: Hardcover, blue and white marbled front and yellow spine, full color illustrations throughout, preserved grey folio slipcase, First Edition
-Condition: The slipcase is a bit worn but the book is near mint, but I want to say it's in entirely mint condition!
-Publisher: Emmaus, Pennsylvania The Story Classics
-Copyright: 1949
-Date published: 1949
-Provenance: I picked this up in a shop in Connecticut which had this magical Folio section where every book was encased and I had no idea who Frank Stockton was and the case was just grey, so I'm SO HAPPY I picked it up to look at it among the many, many others, because I was immediately enchanted not only with his stories but the BEAUTIFUL illustrations.
-Pricing: I priced this book based on the prices of other copies of this book online, but there was so little information on the artist and this specific copy that I knew the book was much more valuable than the few other copies for sale which have no pictures to assure you of their condition or the trustworthiness of the seller and what you are getting. This book is by a famous author, contains classic stories that will stand the test of time, and is in such a beautiful arrangement with its marbled cover and has protection from its preserved folio (a rare occurrence in vintage books) that the price I arrived at was pretty easy to determine. Of course if you ask me it's worth much more :)

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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.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
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.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
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.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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