Five Tales by John Galsworthy
Illustrated by John Collier
Published by The Franklin Library in 1980
Signed Custom Binding by the Harcourt Bindery
Binding Details: Custom leather binding by the Harcourt Bindery, Charlestown, Massachusetts bound in morocco leather over marbled boards that has raised bands to the spine, gilt titling, and elaborate gilt decorations and ruling. There are gilt lines to the covers, hand-sewn silk headbands, and all page ends are gold gilted. The Harcourt Bindery label appears on the bottom of the first free endpaper.
Book Details: Five Tales was originally published in 1918. This is the Franklin Library edition published in 1981 as part of their Collected Stories of the World’s Greatest Writers series with the title, The Apple Tree and Other Stories. The fives tales in the book are The First and Last, A Stoic, The Apple Tree, The Juryman, Indian Summer of a Forsyte.
Upon its release in 1918, the book received incredible reviews including the following:
“Galsworthy’s poignant characterization lives in ‘Five Tales’, and with it the artist’s deep feeling and power.” – The New York Times
“Galsworthy is at his best in these stores, two of which are poignant tragedies, white the other three are character delineations.” – St. Louis Post Dispatch
“All the tales are quick with that mysterious indefinable quality that makes them linger long in the stirred mentality.” – Chicago Herald
Measures approximately 8.5” x 6” with 382 pages as well as a table of contents. The illustrations in the book are by John Collier.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition with some shading to the leather along the hinges. Internally, the book is very clean with no signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a beautiful binding that houses five wonderful short stories by John Galsworthy.
A photograph of the binding appears in the photo section of the listing.