DIGRESSIONS OF V. - 1st Ltd Ed, 1910 - 2 Vols SIGNED, SYMBOLIST ART Elihu Vedder
THE DIGRESSIONS OF V: WRITTEN FOR HIS OWN FUN AND THAT OF HIS FRIENDS
Book Details + Condition: Houghton Mifflin and Company (Boston). First and Limited Edition, #259/525. This is the autograph edition, signed and numbered by Vedder on the limitation page of the first volume. Both volumes beautifully bound in full velum decorated extensively with gilt and blue. Top edge gilt. Two volumes (complete): (1) 149 pp and (2) 272 pp, with Index at rear. Enhanced with 109 illustrations, including a few photographs and many paintings and drawings by the author. From the title page: “Containing the quaint legends of his infancy, an account of his stay in Florence, the Garden of Lost Opportunities, return home on the track of Columbus, his struggle in New York in War-time coinciding with that of the nation, his prolonged stay in Rome, and likewise his prattling upon art, tampering with literature, struggles with verse, and many other things being a portrait of himself from youth to age with many illustrations by the author.” Elihu Vedder (1836-1923) was an American Symbolist artist especially noted for his illustrations to the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, and paintings which are today in museums and collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Library of Congress. An overall firm and clean copy of a scarce signed set, with tight binding; light wear, mainly to corners and edges; interior is clean and free of markings and gilt and decorated boards remain bright.