Main-Travelled Roads. Six Mississippi Valley Stories, presentation copy to Henry George
Main-Travelled Roads. Six Mississippi Valley Stories, presentation copy to Henry George

HAMLIN GARLAND, 1891

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Main-Travelled Roads. Six Mississippi Valley Stories, presentation copy to Henry George
Hamlin Garland, 1891
GARLAND, Hamlin (1860-1940). Main-Travelled Roads. Six Mississippi Valley Stories. Boston: Arena Publishing Company, 1891.

Presentation copy of the first edition of the author's first novel, inscribed: “To Henry George whose work I revere, whose personal friendship I am proud of. From a disciple, Hamlin Garland. June 11⁄91.” "In these tales of the middle border, the fertile prairie was no longer glamorous, life on the farm was a drab, treadmill existence, and the mortgage-lender became the symbol of capitalist exploitation. Romance and humor were swept away, and the artist brooded bitterly over social injustice. These were the seeds of the modern proletarian novels (Grolier, American). Merle Johnson, p. 200; Grolier, American 95.

Octavo. Publisher's gray stamped cloth (spine lightly sunned, hinges tender). Slipcase and chemise. Provenance: Henry George (1839-1897, American economist and Grolier member; presentation inscription) – Katharine de Berkeley Parsons (morocco bookplate, her sale, Sotheby’s, New York, 6 October 1976, lot 88) – H. Bradley Martin (bookplate; his sale, 30 January 1990, lot 2050).

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