New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1903.
Hardcover. Beneath the bright jewel tones of this Margaret Armstrong binding lies a treasure trove of related material. Along with F. V. DuMond's dreamy frontispiece and seven plates, you'll find nine pasted in images and annotated photographs, laid in magazine clippings, the author's calling card, and a typed letter signed by Henry van Dyke himself tipped in to the rear pastedown. The letter, to George B. Wood of Dongan Hills, Staten Island, compliments the recipient on the quality of his photographs, comments on his children and van Dyke's, and presents this very book to its recipient. This 1903 edition was the first to bear this dragon-fly adorned binding by the great cover designer Margaret Armstrong, and this is a unique extra-illustrated copy of Little Rivers, a collection of essays, poetry, and hymns by author, poet, diplomat, and clergyman Henry van Dyke, with inscribed card and signed typed letter.
7 7/8" X 5". 348pp. Blue cloth over boards with dragonfly and floral design stamped in gilt, light blue, and green to upper board and spine. Moderate edgewear to binding with spot of rubbing to upper board. Hinges tender and text block starting to separate in places, with spine visible at several page gutters. Binding remains sound. Pages are toned in places from ephemera, else unmarked. Very good. Item #2702