The Purple Cow! (SIGNED). Gelett Burgess.

The Purple Cow! (SIGNED)

San Francisco: William Doxey, 1895. First Edition. Original wrappers. SIGNED by the author on front cover. Small 8vo. 8 leaves, including the wrappers. Original pictorial self-wrappers, stapled, uncut, as issued. One short marginal slit in front wrapper, light general wear; a near fine copy inf somewhat worn folding purple case. Carroll Wilson's copy, with his decorative bookplate. Wilson (1886-1947) was a well-known bookcollector and bibliophile. Item #18934

First Edition of the author's first publication. First issue, printed on both sides of each leaf on rough China paper. The poem was first published in the first issue of Burgess's magazine The Lark in May 1895 and became his most widely known work. This publication of the poem also included an illustration by Burgess featuring a cow jumping over an art nouveau fence heading towards a naked human, with both the cow and the human filled in black. (Johnson, Highspots, pg. 18). "The first appearance of an immortal verse." - Morgan Library 188.

Price: $750.00

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