1920 JAMES HUNEKER Painted Veils SIGNED & INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY in SPECIAL SLIPCASE First Edition Association Copy
PAINTED VEILS, by JAMES HUNEKER. SIGNED & INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION PRESENTATION COPY in SPECIALLY PRODUCED PRESENTATION SLIPCASE. Association Copy: Signed and Inscribed to THOMAS L. RAYMOND who was twice MAYOR of NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, and a friend of Huneker. The book is one of 1200 SIGNED and NUMBERED copies.
However, THIS COPY has "Presentation" handwritten by Huneker instead of a number, and the HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION:"For Thomas L. Raymond / My friend The Mayor / James Huneker" below the printed statement of limitation. In addition, Huneker has hand corrected a single work on the last page, crossing out the word "lamp" and changing it to "map". Published by Boni & Liveright, New York, 1920. First Edition. Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, vellum spine and blue paper covered boards, spine title label with gilt titling and gilt border, 6.5x10 inches, 294 pages plus 2 unnumbered final pages. With blue paper DUSTJACKET (same textured blue paper as used on the endpapers) that is printed in black on the spine with the title and the following statement: "Privately Printed For Subscribers Only". This special Presentation Copy comes with a Presentation Slipcase and Chemise (a folding encasement that protects the book when it slides in and out of the slipcase).
The slipcase is half leather with five raised spine bands and gilt lettering, including the words "PRESENTATION COPY" and the place/date "NEW YORK 1920". James Huneker died in 1921, the year after he signed and presented this copy. Condition: VERY GOOD BOOK, light sunning and a bit of corner tip wear to the covers, overall tight, bright, clean and clear, a solid, very nice book; in a complete but only FAIR DUSTJACKET, fair because the dj is completely split along the front spine fold and is starting to split on the rear spine fold and both splits have been repaired / reinforced with clear tape on the backside of the dj, the dj is also sunned / toned at the spine; in a VERY GOOD CHEMISE; in a GOOD PLUS SLIPCASE that has some rubs/scrapes to the spine and to the front corners but is still solid, lovely and doing its job well. RARE FIRST EDITION PRESENTATION COPY, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED ASSOCIATION COPY, in a SPECIAL PRESENTATION SLIPCASE and CHEMISE. About James Huneker (from Wikipedia): ******JAMES HUNEKER, b. 1857 d. 1921, was one of America's leading literary and music critics, and the author of several novels... Few American writers elicited the adulation that Huneker received from his colleagues in his lifetime and immediately after his death. "There was no one like him," art critic Henry McBride wrote of Huneker. "His strength lay in his knowledge of life and his ability to write." Art historian Jerome Mellquist agreed, noting that "Huneker could impart a grace and a quality of spiritual audacity unsurpassed by any critic of his generation."
Huneker's friend H. L. Mencken described his dinner table conversation as "a really amazing compound of scandalous anecdotes, shrewd judgments, and devastating witticisms." Numerous memoirs from the period recall him as an unforgettable personality... PAINTED VEILS, published in the last year of his life, was considered a racy novel.****** Thomas Lynch Raymond, Jr.
(to whom the book was inscribed and presented), b. 1875 d. 1928, served two nonconsecutive terms as Mayor of Newark, New Jersey from 1915 to 1917 and again from 1925 to 1928.