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SIGNED LIMITED edition leather book Prue and I by George William Curtis, every page illustrated by Albert Sterner, signed by both! 1892 RARE

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There is no other book like this one.

This book is phenomenal and there truly are no others like it, because the only two I could find of the batch of just 250 of these editions ever printed in the history of the world are both "signed" but only in pencil by the artist, as this one is, and not signed by the author.

This one is.

Number 59 of the 250, it is so special I love holding it in my hands and paging through it for so many reasons which I describe in the "format" section of the straight details below. The condition is also completely impressive -- this is just the IDEAL old book, a signed limited edition from the 1800s illustrated on every page and in a leather cover with uncut page ends, it's just the DEFINITION of a rare collectible literary gem.

Book collectors take note. :)

Here are some links to give you a sense of the author and story:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_William_Curtis

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1265139.Prue_and_I

https://www.britannica.com/biography/George-William-Curtis

Note: There is almost NO INFORMATION ANYWHERE about this book specifically and though there are things on George William Curtis it is not much.

Which is such a shame. The writing in this book is magical. Absolutely lyrical yet practical in the way it moves the plot, understanding of human nature and the yearning for adventure and the questions and answers (or supposed answers) of life and love, happiness and sorrow, death and what it all means and why we do what we do.

Here are some quotes I've picked out for you to give you a sense of the writing:

--"But is not monotony the destruction of art?"

--"From the windows of those castles look the beautiful women who i have never seen, whose portraits the poets have painted. They wait for me there, and chiefly the fair-haired child, lost to my eyes so long ago, now bloomed into an impossible beauty. The lights that never shone plane at evening in the vaulted halls upon banquets that were never spread. The bands I have never collected play all night long, and enchant into silence the brilliant company that was never assembled."

--"It is rather a ridiculous business, I allow; yet you will smile at it tenderly, rather than scornfully, if you remember that it shows how closely linked we human creatures are, without knowing it, and that more hearts than we dream of enjoy our happiness and share our sorrow."

--"I defy time and change. Each year laid upon our heads is a hand of blessing."

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

-Full title: Prue and I
-Author: George William Curtis
-Illustrator: Albert Sterner
-Edition: Limited Edition number 59 of only 250 copies ever printed
-Format: LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY BOTH AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR NUMBER 59 OF ONLY 250 COPIES EVER PRINTED (had to get that out of the way, it is so exciting it deserved all caps!!), white leather binding with gold and black design engraved on front of title and author's name with ribbon, laurel and other gorgeous details, illustrated script title at top in gold glint "Prue and I", uncut page ends (absolutely ravaged seeming in the way that old books SHOULD be, every page a different uncut length and seeming like a sheaf of old old papers bound together, so so cool) with ILLUSTRATIONS ON EVERY SINGLE PAGE. This book is nearly 300 pages, and there is an illustration on every. single. page. (although sometimes it is one illustration per the two pages, but still it is incredible. I've never seen anything like it.) in sketch-style brownish black ink, frontispiece portrait of "Prue" and lower fainter portrait of narrator, signed in pencil below "Albert Sterner," authenticated signature; page previous states: "NOTICE" then "Of this edition of "Prue and I" only two hundred and fifty copies have been printed, of which this is No. _____" and 59 in red ink is written, signed Harper & Brothers below. Then an official signature in pencil of author is pasted below. Title page separated by wax sheet from frontispiece, title page inked in red and black, first seven pages are hand-written note from Curtis printed as love-letter type introduction to the book, ends of leather covers extend and are bent in somewhat as a clamshell style cover but not long enough to meet over the pages.
-Condition: So impressive! The only wear shows on the binding and even that is still holding together, tight as ever and completely readable. No writing or rips or marks inside whatsoever. I love it, absolutely great. :)
-Publisher: Harper & Brothers
-Copyright: 1892 Harper & Brothers
-Date published: MDCCCXCII (1892)
-Provenance: I'll never tell! :)
-Pricing: I priced this competitively based on the fact it is signed by BOTH the author AND the illustrator and is one (number 59 penned in red ink officially on the line!) of two hundred and fifty copies EVER PRINTED. This book is beyond rare, and the price reflects that completely as you cannot find this unless in digitized version, reprinted on demand version (as it is not for sale anywhere out there) or in museums or private collections.
There is no other book like this one.

This book is phenomenal and there truly are no others like it, because the only two I could find of the batch of just 250 of these editions ever printed in the history of the world are both "signed" but only in pencil by the artist, as this one is, and not signed by the author.

This one is.

Number 59 of the 250, it is so special I love holding it in my hands and paging through it for so many reasons which I describe in the "format" section of the straight details below. The condition is also completely impressive -- this is just the IDEAL old book, a signed limited edition from the 1800s illustrated on every page and in a leather cover with uncut page ends, it's just the DEFINITION of a rare collectible literary gem.

Book collectors take note. :)

Here are some links to give you a sense of the author and story:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_William_Curtis

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1265139.Prue_and_I

https://www.britannica.com/biography/George-William-Curtis

Note: There is almost NO INFORMATION ANYWHERE about this book specifically and though there are things on George William Curtis it is not much.

Which is such a shame. The writing in this book is magical. Absolutely lyrical yet practical in the way it moves the plot, understanding of human nature and the yearning for adventure and the questions and answers (or supposed answers) of life and love, happiness and sorrow, death and what it all means and why we do what we do.

Here are some quotes I've picked out for you to give you a sense of the writing:

--"But is not monotony the destruction of art?"

--"From the windows of those castles look the beautiful women who i have never seen, whose portraits the poets have painted. They wait for me there, and chiefly the fair-haired child, lost to my eyes so long ago, now bloomed into an impossible beauty. The lights that never shone plane at evening in the vaulted halls upon banquets that were never spread. The bands I have never collected play all night long, and enchant into silence the brilliant company that was never assembled."

--"It is rather a ridiculous business, I allow; yet you will smile at it tenderly, rather than scornfully, if you remember that it shows how closely linked we human creatures are, without knowing it, and that more hearts than we dream of enjoy our happiness and share our sorrow."

--"I defy time and change. Each year laid upon our heads is a hand of blessing."

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

-Full title: Prue and I
-Author: George William Curtis
-Illustrator: Albert Sterner
-Edition: Limited Edition number 59 of only 250 copies ever printed
-Format: LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY BOTH AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR NUMBER 59 OF ONLY 250 COPIES EVER PRINTED (had to get that out of the way, it is so exciting it deserved all caps!!), white leather binding with gold and black design engraved on front of title and author's name with ribbon, laurel and other gorgeous details, illustrated script title at top in gold glint "Prue and I", uncut page ends (absolutely ravaged seeming in the way that old books SHOULD be, every page a different uncut length and seeming like a sheaf of old old papers bound together, so so cool) with ILLUSTRATIONS ON EVERY SINGLE PAGE. This book is nearly 300 pages, and there is an illustration on every. single. page. (although sometimes it is one illustration per the two pages, but still it is incredible. I've never seen anything like it.) in sketch-style brownish black ink, frontispiece portrait of "Prue" and lower fainter portrait of narrator, signed in pencil below "Albert Sterner," authenticated signature; page previous states: "NOTICE" then "Of this edition of "Prue and I" only two hundred and fifty copies have been printed, of which this is No. _____" and 59 in red ink is written, signed Harper & Brothers below. Then an official signature in pencil of author is pasted below. Title page separated by wax sheet from frontispiece, title page inked in red and black, first seven pages are hand-written note from Curtis printed as love-letter type introduction to the book, ends of leather covers extend and are bent in somewhat as a clamshell style cover but not long enough to meet over the pages.
-Condition: So impressive! The only wear shows on the binding and even that is still holding together, tight as ever and completely readable. No writing or rips or marks inside whatsoever. I love it, absolutely great. :)
-Publisher: Harper & Brothers
-Copyright: 1892 Harper & Brothers
-Date published: MDCCCXCII (1892)
-Provenance: I'll never tell! :)
-Pricing: I priced this competitively based on the fact it is signed by BOTH the author AND the illustrator and is one (number 59 penned in red ink officially on the line!) of two hundred and fifty copies EVER PRINTED. This book is beyond rare, and the price reflects that completely as you cannot find this unless in digitized version, reprinted on demand version (as it is not for sale anywhere out there) or in museums or private collections.

Reviews

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Reviewed by CGFlores85
5 out of 5 stars
Jan 2, 2018
I ordered this as a gift and was very happy with Colleen’s feedback and willingness to help me track down this one of a kind book! It even showed up before Christmas thanks to a speedy delivery despite the short notice. I will definitely be visiting No Other Book Like This again.
SOLD - Vintage book Recreations in Astronomy by Henry White Warren, First Edition 1879, star charts/maps, MANY RARE full color illustrations

Reviewed by itzjeffduh
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 30, 2017
Great item, great seller, fast shipment!!! The book was perfect, exactly as described. Thanks!
Vintage book classic young adult The Luckiest Girl by Beverly Cleary, famous child/YA author, 1958 special Book Club Edition, RARE cover art

Reviewed by L.M. Biddulph
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 16, 2017
This book is BEAUTIFUL! I was so excited to receive it yesterday, so I could read it over Christmas. I read the abridged version of Thomas Wingfold, Curate over a decade ago and loved it, so I have been looking forward to this so much. Thank you!!!!!!!! :-D
Vintage book Thomas Wingfold, Curate. by George MacDonald, rare edition 1880, famed "Father" of The Inklings including Tolkien and C S Lewis

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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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SIGNED LIMITED edition leather book Prue and I by George William Curtis, every page illustrated by Albert Sterner, signed by both! 1892 RARE

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