16 June 2016
PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
McCUTCHEON, George Barr (1866-1928). Autograph manuscript of his novel Black is White. New York, 9 November 1912- 4 May 1913. 338 pages plus contents page and title (page 135 torn, tiny corner of 223 chipped away and laid in ), 4to, in ink with revisions and deletions on rectos, dated on first and last pages, bound in contemporary gilt ruled green morocco, upper cover decorated with an inlaid small stylized blossoming tree on black morocco background, spine in six compartments gilt lettered in two, green morocco turn-ins, each doublure set with an original watercolor portrait by JAMES MONTGOMERY FLAGG (1877-1960), gilt edges; cloth slipcase. Provenance: George Barr McCutcheon (bookplate).
George Barr McCutcheon was prolific American novelist (and book collector), best known for his first published novel, Graustark (1901) and other novels set in this fictional East European country. Black is White was published by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1914. In 1920 it was the bases for a silent movie starring Dorothy Dalton and directed by Charles Giblyn. The protagonists, a jealous husband and his wife are depicted in the watercolor portraits by James Montgomery Flagg who illustrated many of McCutcheon’s novels. Montgomery Flagg is best known for his recruitment poster of Uncle Sam, “I want you for US Army.” See BAL 13533.
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