[inscribed by the author] Part I. The Story of Rollo. Part II. Stories and Sketches. With Illustrations by Louis Braunhold. Cover Design by Robert J. Burdette, Jr. Indianapolis and Kansas City: The Bowen-Merrill Company, 1897. 6 pp undated ads. Original red cloth decorated in black, white and gilt.
First Edition, first printing (with the Bowen-Merrill imprint, rather than the subsequent Bobbs-Merrill one). The series "The Story of Rollo," describing a young man's "education" all the way from birth ("alpha") to death ("omega"), still offers some hilarious reading a hundred years later.~This copy is inscribed at length by the author: "To H. J. Miller, Luverne, Minnesota -- With a desire to meet him often, and to know him better, this, with the sincere esteem of the Author Robert J. Burdette, Bryn Mawr, Pa. April twenty third 1898." Furthermore, under the drawing of the author on the leaf preceding the Contents, Burdette has written "Sketched from life, by Robert, Junior" (who according to the title page also designed the binding). Near-fine condition (spine slightly darkened, rear endpaper slightly cracked). Blanck 2008. Item #5115