Vintage book STUNNING The Quest of the Yellow Pearl, rare First Edition by D C Macfarlane, illustrated w/ sparkling inks by H J Turner, 1909

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Vintage book STUNNING The Quest of the Yellow Pearl, rare First Edition by D C Macfarlane, illustrated w/ sparkling inks by H J Turner, 1909

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Vintage from the 1900s

There is no other book like this one.

Nor should there be. The care taken to create this mastery of art and literature is so...I don't know...impressive and overwhelming, really, that if I ever found another copy of this book I swear it would be different on all counts--either in worse condition or (as I was able to find) softcover copies, paperbacks without the golden attributes, without the shining copper detail on every page, the uncut page-ends and the gorgeous illustration (especially the paste-down card as the frontispiece!) throughout this fine tale.

When you put the artistry of the book aside (sorry H J Turner, you fantastic human being! I wish I could have met you and congratulated you on the design and wondrous golden magic of this book's visuals) you get to the story, a tale not of knights roaming the countryside looking for a grail and saving damsels, but a journey of a more human sort, the kind that can be believed and has just enough magic in it to feel tantalizingly real. The book starts:

"To the station at the mouth of the Euphrates where the camel trains from the South of Arabia came in bound for India, had come Eldad ben Jacob, the gem merchant, of Ctesiphon, determined to purchase the wonderful yellow pearl that had come up from the reefs of Bahrein. But too late!
His black, beady eyes were suffused with tears. His fine black beard, edged with silver gray, trembled with the quivering of his chin in dissappointment, as they told him so.
Eldad had converted all his wealth into precious stones, and he would freely give them all for this yellow pearl if but a single glance at its translcent depths justified the tenth part of what he had heard concerning its size and beauty. Where, then, had it gone?"

You'll have to read the book to find out, but I promise you the experience of turning each page from the chapter entitled "The Lure of its Lustre" to "Paying the Price" to the last, "To Him That Hath" is an experience you won't have with many other books. Each time I flipped to the next page, though I was engaged in the story (it is truly engaging, a fable for its time and one I'm surprised has not been told more often, but alas that happens with many fairy tales of old) I would pause and reflect on the border, the clouds and the shining rays, the hillside and the old man and his staph beckoning to the words bordered in gold above him, it would make me sigh and I had the fortune of reading this in the sun one day, and felt like I was holding--well, a glittering yellow pearl!

This book is special beyond words. The tale is one of Biblical times and epic happenings, and buying this book would be for you an epic happening in itself. Seriously! I can't get enough of it, and apparently neither can anyone else, because the book is a rare gem, unavailable online anywhere else but in soft copy or reprint. No, this first, limited and enthralling edition stands alone and waits for someone, maybe you, to find it and appreciate it as I'm sure you will.

And here are the straight details you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Quest of the Yellow Pearl
-Author: D C Macfarlane
-Illustrator/Designer: H J Turner
-Format: Hardcover, brown binding with cream boards, illustrations in green and shining gold paint on the front with title outlined and a man riding a camel in a circle at the top, each page inside decorated and bordered with shining gold/copper ink, uncut page-ends, frontispiece is paste-down card of a black and white illustration entitled "Before him stood a wondrous man of noble mien" and signed by H J Turner in white.
-Condition: Near mint! No rips, marks, anything! And the card frontispiece is still stuck on with glue preserved perfectly! Stunning.
-Publisher: Fleming H Revell Company
-Copyright: 1909 Fleming H Revell Company
-Date published: 1909
-Provenance: My secret!
-Pricing: This book is priced for its rarity and its stunning quality and detail, all described above, as well as the fact it is the only copy you can find online with any pictures or the first edition, besides one or two softcover edition listings saying they are first editions, when really they are a different edition entirely because they don't shine and have the paste-down or other amazing attributes the first one has. Rarity and awesomeness, what more could you want in a vintage book? :)
There is no other book like this one.

Nor should there be. The care taken to create this mastery of art and literature is so...I don't know...impressive and overwhelming, really, that if I ever found another copy of this book I swear it would be different on all counts--either in worse condition or (as I was able to find) softcover copies, paperbacks without the golden attributes, without the shining copper detail on every page, the uncut page-ends and the gorgeous illustration (especially the paste-down card as the frontispiece!) throughout this fine tale.

When you put the artistry of the book aside (sorry H J Turner, you fantastic human being! I wish I could have met you and congratulated you on the design and wondrous golden magic of this book's visuals) you get to the story, a tale not of knights roaming the countryside looking for a grail and saving damsels, but a journey of a more human sort, the kind that can be believed and has just enough magic in it to feel tantalizingly real. The book starts:

"To the station at the mouth of the Euphrates where the camel trains from the South of Arabia came in bound for India, had come Eldad ben Jacob, the gem merchant, of Ctesiphon, determined to purchase the wonderful yellow pearl that had come up from the reefs of Bahrein. But too late!
His black, beady eyes were suffused with tears. His fine black beard, edged with silver gray, trembled with the quivering of his chin in dissappointment, as they told him so.
Eldad had converted all his wealth into precious stones, and he would freely give them all for this yellow pearl if but a single glance at its translcent depths justified the tenth part of what he had heard concerning its size and beauty. Where, then, had it gone?"

You'll have to read the book to find out, but I promise you the experience of turning each page from the chapter entitled "The Lure of its Lustre" to "Paying the Price" to the last, "To Him That Hath" is an experience you won't have with many other books. Each time I flipped to the next page, though I was engaged in the story (it is truly engaging, a fable for its time and one I'm surprised has not been told more often, but alas that happens with many fairy tales of old) I would pause and reflect on the border, the clouds and the shining rays, the hillside and the old man and his staph beckoning to the words bordered in gold above him, it would make me sigh and I had the fortune of reading this in the sun one day, and felt like I was holding--well, a glittering yellow pearl!

This book is special beyond words. The tale is one of Biblical times and epic happenings, and buying this book would be for you an epic happening in itself. Seriously! I can't get enough of it, and apparently neither can anyone else, because the book is a rare gem, unavailable online anywhere else but in soft copy or reprint. No, this first, limited and enthralling edition stands alone and waits for someone, maybe you, to find it and appreciate it as I'm sure you will.

And here are the straight details you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Quest of the Yellow Pearl
-Author: D C Macfarlane
-Illustrator/Designer: H J Turner
-Format: Hardcover, brown binding with cream boards, illustrations in green and shining gold paint on the front with title outlined and a man riding a camel in a circle at the top, each page inside decorated and bordered with shining gold/copper ink, uncut page-ends, frontispiece is paste-down card of a black and white illustration entitled "Before him stood a wondrous man of noble mien" and signed by H J Turner in white.
-Condition: Near mint! No rips, marks, anything! And the card frontispiece is still stuck on with glue preserved perfectly! Stunning.
-Publisher: Fleming H Revell Company
-Copyright: 1909 Fleming H Revell Company
-Date published: 1909
-Provenance: My secret!
-Pricing: This book is priced for its rarity and its stunning quality and detail, all described above, as well as the fact it is the only copy you can find online with any pictures or the first edition, besides one or two softcover edition listings saying they are first editions, when really they are a different edition entirely because they don't shine and have the paste-down or other amazing attributes the first one has. Rarity and awesomeness, what more could you want in a vintage book? :)

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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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