[the Morris Parrish copy] New York: Macmillan and Co., 1871. Original brown cloth.

First Edition, American issue, of this tale of "a proud, generous, irascible old father, a gentle, faithful-unto-death little heroine [his daughter], and a villain of desperate wickedness" [Walpole].~SIR HARRY HOTSPUR first appeared serially in Macmillan's Magazine from May through December 1870; Macmillan sold the English book rights to Hurst & Blackett, but retained the American book rights. In fact, it was Macmillan who contracted for the English edition to be printed, and then they retained 500 sets of the printed sheets and sent them to America, where they were equipped with a Macmillan title page and binding. Thus this American edition is actually part of the English edition, and was issued in the same month (November 1870) -- though Sadleir presumes the English copies were probably out on the streets earlier.~Sadleir indicates that this American edition was issued in either cherry-red or green sand-grain cloth (as well as six Macmillan file copies in lilac cloth); this copy has apparently the same blind-stamping as his red and green copies (and the same dark green endpapers), but is in brown sand-grain cloth -- a color not mentioned by Sadleir.~It is quite possible that the unusual color of this copy is related to the fact that it is a presentation copy from the publisher, as follows: on the half-title is the inked inscription "With the Publisher's Compts"; on the front pastedown is the bookplate of renowned Philadelphia bibliophile and bibliographer Morris K. Parrish; affixed to the front flyleaf is a note signed by Parrish, dated May 6 1926, and addressed to "Dear Nichols" ("Thank you for a most delightful day. Don't forget that you are to come over here at the first opportunity..."); and on the front free endpaper is the bookplate of Spencer van Bokkelen Nichols (author of THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ANTHONY TROLLOPE in 1925), who also then wrote on Parrish's bookplate "Gift from" and the date "10 May 1926."~The volume is in very good condition (some fraying at the spine ends, two corners chipped off the pp 3-4 leaf, occasional light foxing). Sadleir 36, note ii; Wolff 6794a (in magenta sand-grain cloth, another color not cited by Sadleir). Item #13076

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