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Vintage book Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Was, RARE slim decorative Henry Altemus edition, famous short story from early in author's career

Vintage book Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Was, RARE slim decorative Henry Altemus edition, famous short story from early in author's career

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  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
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-Full title: The Man Who Was
-Author: Rudyard Kipling
-Format: Thin special edition decorated in gold and detailed painting of bright pink roses on front, hardcover with glossed title page and border design in green.
-Condition: The book is old but the binding is tight and there are no rips or anything--entirely readable and a perfect collectible, the only roughness you can catch would be the faint age spots on the blank parts of the cover and the general look of being used.
-Publisher: Henry Altemus Company, Philadelphia
-Copyright: Unstated
-Date published: Unstated but research indicates early 1900s, from 1900 to 1910
-Provenance: This one has no signature to suggest its previous owner or whereabouts, but I found it hiding between bigger books in a rare bookshop I frequent last month (May 2017), as I was curious about the lack of title or anything on the slice of a spine (where there was not enough room for such anyway). I'm so glad I picked it out, as the cover struck me and the title is one I wasn't aware of by Kipling. I would argue it is one of his strongest works--I ripped through it in a few hours.
-Pricing: I priced this based on its rarity and the beauty of it, as most Henry Altemus editions are extremely beautiful and much care has been taken to the book's construction. The fact it is in good condition and the gilded cover and delicate roses still shine like the day they were inked and carved also adds to the book's worth. It is a rare story in a rare volume, and as such it is worth much more than other more common Kipling works and reprints. This one is undoubtedly special.
There is no other book like this one.

Description coming!

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

-Full title: The Man Who Was
-Author: Rudyard Kipling
-Format: Thin special edition decorated in gold and detailed painting of bright pink roses on front, hardcover with glossed title page and border design in green.
-Condition: The book is old but the binding is tight and there are no rips or anything--entirely readable and a perfect collectible, the only roughness you can catch would be the faint age spots on the blank parts of the cover and the general look of being used.
-Publisher: Henry Altemus Company, Philadelphia
-Copyright: Unstated
-Date published: Unstated but research indicates early 1900s, from 1900 to 1910
-Provenance: This one has no signature to suggest its previous owner or whereabouts, but I found it hiding between bigger books in a rare bookshop I frequent last month (May 2017), as I was curious about the lack of title or anything on the slice of a spine (where there was not enough room for such anyway). I'm so glad I picked it out, as the cover struck me and the title is one I wasn't aware of by Kipling. I would argue it is one of his strongest works--I ripped through it in a few hours.
-Pricing: I priced this based on its rarity and the beauty of it, as most Henry Altemus editions are extremely beautiful and much care has been taken to the book's construction. The fact it is in good condition and the gilded cover and delicate roses still shine like the day they were inked and carved also adds to the book's worth. It is a rare story in a rare volume, and as such it is worth much more than other more common Kipling works and reprints. This one is undoubtedly special.

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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.
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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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