[inscr to and by Vincent Starrett] Illustrated. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1903. Original marbled boards with tan cloth spine.
First Edition of this volume of two tales; the color frontispiece, plus two monochrome head-pieces, are by Maxfield Parrish. About this author Vincent Starrett (as quoted in the April 1919 Current Opinion) wrote glowingly -- labeling him one of the greatest and most reticent of American storytellers: "Here is a writer who suggests the brilliance of Oscar Wilde, the irony of Anatole France, the originality of O. Henry, the romanticism of Stevenson -- and who is so reticent that he won't write." (Starrett was upset that Smith had only two books, this being the latter.) Very good condition (spine slightly darkened, front endpaper cracked).~Well, this is the copy from which Starrett formed his opinions, as it was his own copy: (1) on the front paste-down is Starrett's horse bookplate; on a front flyleaf is Starrett's inked signature; on the title leaf for the first story is in the inked inscription "To Vincent Starrett, with the best wishes of Arthur Cosslett Smith"; and on the rear paste-down, opposite a tipped in photo of Smith, is Starrett's penciled note "First Edition | Inscribed by the author at beginning of the first story -- a notable volume of American short stories of the turn of the century -- V.S.". Quite an association. Item #13883