The Death of the Lion | The Coxon Fund | The Middle Years | The Altar of the Dead. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1895. 6 pp undated ads. Original pale green cloth decorated in dark green and gilt.
First American Edition of this collection of four tales, published a month after the London edition. The first two had appeared in "The Yellow Book," and the third in "Scribner's Magazine," but "The Altar of the Dead" had not appeared in periodical form. This copy is in the primary binding, with the green flower-and-leaf ornament on the spine (as well as on the front cover).
The pale cloth is unusually clean -- making the volume just about fine (the gilt lettering never stands out well against such light-colored cloth). Supino 45.6.0; Edel & Laurence A45b.
Provenance: large paste-down bookplate of Eleanor Cochrane Sears (one of the Boston Cochrane family, who married Richard Dudley Sears, grandson of the Massachusetts senator who developed what is now Brookline; Richard won seven consecutive U.S. national singles tennis championships in 1881-1887 -- still a record; the couple built a 9000-sq-ft mansion off the coast of Maine, on Islesboro). Item #14362