The Thin Santa Claus: The Chicken Yard that Was A Christmas Stocking (with letters and notes from the author and dedicatee)
New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1909. May Wilson Preston. 1st. Original cloth. First Edition. 12mo; [x], 35pp. Near Fine copy in publisher's tan cloth; illustration to front cover; tissue-protected frontis and one other illustration. A handsome copy, one that bears a 'story within a story!' The book is dedicated to 'Harry S. Moore' of Muscatine IA (the author's birthplace), who (we learn from a tipped-in letter dated 1/10/10) supplied the author with the theme for the book. Handsome bookplate of W.D. Vincent to ffep which bears a TNS - Presented to/WILLIAM D. VINCENT/by his friend/s/H.S. Moore' (a second 1/28/10 letter from Moore to Vincent is tipped to the verso). A warm 1910 ALS to Vincent from the author requests 'I wish... you would stick the enclosed in our copy of 'The Thin Santa Claus' that Harry supplied...' Tipped to the front pastedown is 'the enclosed' inscription - 'Yours very sincerely/Ellis Parker Butler/Flushing NY/1910.'. Item #21848
Butler authored more than 30 books and more than 2,000 stories and essays and is best known for his short story "Pigs Is Pigs." His career spanned more than forty years, and his stories, poems, and articles were published in more than 225 magazines. William D. Vincent, 1866-1935, was a prominent banker, amateur historian of the Pacific Northwest, and collector of books and bookplates; his papers and bookplate collection are now held by the University of Washington.-.