New York. Charles Scribner's sons. 1939. This Edition is Limited to 750 copies. Signed by Rawlings and Wyeth to Limitation Page. Of the 770 copies issued in the total run of this Signed,Limited Edition, only 520 were bound in Aqua cloth and accompanied by like Chemise and Slipcase, as is this copy. The remaining 250 copies were issued in dark blue cloth and matching slipcase and were published at a later time. Illustrated with 16 full page coloured plate by N.C. Wyeth, two of which are charcoal and wash full page illustrations executed specifically for this Limited Edition.Also includes a facsimile of a hand-written letter by Wyeth during a trip to Florida with Rawlings. Thick 8vo. Bound in pictorial gilt decorated and titled aqua cloth. Top edge gilded. Housed in title- labeled chemise and original slipcase.
The Yearling was the best-selling novel in America for the year 1938 and won the 1939 Pulitzer Prize. Rawlings's editor was Max Perkins, who also worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and other literary luminaries. The tender story of a boy and a fawn, has since entered the elite pantheon of American Classics, being widely sold and studied even to this day.
Newell Convers Wyeth (October 22, 1882 – October 19, 1945), known as N.C. Wyeth, was an American artist and illustrator. He was the pupil of artist Howard Pyle and became one of America's greatest illustrators. During his lifetime, Wyeth created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books,25 of them (including the Yearling), for Scribner's Classics - the work for which he is best-known. Wyeth was a realist painter just as the camera and photography began to compete with his craft. Sometimes seen as melodramatic, his illustrations were designed to be understood quickly. Wyeth, who was both a painter and an illustrator, understood the difference, and said in 1908, "Painting and illustration cannot be mixed—one cannot merge from one into the other." Wikipedia
Well executed, professional minor repair to pictorial rear endsheets at gutter. Several very light, small blemishes to front cover. A lovely, very crisp and clean copy. Darkening to chemise. A mild split or two and some mild soiling to slipcase.