New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1891. 8 pp undated ads. Original yellow printed wrappers.
First Edition of Davis's first book (other than an 1884 wrappered piece written while he was a student at Lehigh). It was his newspaper story "Gallegher" that earned Davis the newspaper writer immediate fame; three of the ten tales also feature his character "Van Bibber," the man-about-town who would surface again in Davis's writings. Davis went on to become best-known as a major war correspondent in the Spanish-American War, the Second Boer War, and the First World War (during which he died suddenly, at age 51).
This is a copy in yellow printed wrappers, printed on laid paper, with 8 pages of ads. Blanck says the first printing is on wove paper with only 8 pages of ads (rather than 8+4 pages), but he also says the first printing consisted of 1,000 copies on wove paper in cloth plus 3,032 on laid paper in wrappers (as here) -- but "no copy in printed wrappers has been located." Very good-plus (bottom 3/4-inch of the spine wrapper chipped away, small damp-mark on a fore-corner of the first few leaves) -- in a morocco-backed slipcase with inner chemise. This book is today quite scarce in yellow wrappers, as it generally surfaces only in its more-durable green cloth binding. Blanck 4510. Item #14650