[Collection of 6 first American copyright editions, comprising:] A Rector's Memory, The Nerve that Conquers, Healing by the Stars, The Church That was at Antioch, Address at Milner Court, The Tender Achilles.

Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc, 1926-1929.

Price: $850.00

About the item

First American copyright editions, privately published in editions of 75 copies. 8vo. Publisher's printed stapled wrappers, printed in green. Light soiling and wear to A Rector's Memory wrappers. In a custom red morocco presentation box with cloth chemise. Provenance: Frederick S. Peck (gift inscription stamped on front cover of box, "Frederick S. Peck, December 16, 1929. Many Happy Returns of the Day, Thomas W. Best" and his bookplate in each volume). Richards A361, A377, A378, A380, A383, A384.

Item #310972

Small collection of Kipling first American copyright editions from the collection of Frederick S. Peck (1868-1947), Rhode Island state politician and collector of manuscripts related to his state.
"[The] failure of the United States to enact international copyright protection until 1891, [resulted] in some American issues being the 'true firsts' of Kipling's books. And while Kipling's trade editions soon began to be published in large numbers, after the American international copyright law's foundation date of July 1, 1891, his London literary agent A.P. Watt and his New York publisher Frank N. Doubleday made extensive use of limited printings — as few as 8 to 25 copies — to establish copyright in each country" (David Alan Richards, "Collecting Kipling").