Trains That Met in the Blizzard a Composite Romance Being a Chronicle of The Extraordinary Adventure of a Party of Twelve men and One Woman in The Great American Blizzard March 12, 1888
Woodward, R. Pitcher

New York: Salmagundi Publishing Company, 1896. F xvi + 396 pages + pages of advertisements at back, all spurious: "Aluminium Stump Extractors A New Invention Warranted to extract stumps of all kinds of growth from any soil, including stump fences, stump whiskers, stump speeches, etc....Hand and Dandy" and "The National Adulteration Co. Broadway bet. Brew and Dupe Sts. New York A Perfect Facsimile of every natural or manufactured commodity made at low cost to the trade Saving (Profits) to Manufacturer, 90 Per Cent. Loss to the Consumer - His Life..." and more of the same; inscribed and signed by the author on the front endpaper, "Compliments of the author-R. Pitcher Woodward"tissue-guarded frontispiece and black and white illustrations throughout by "Dan Beard, J. Carter Beard, Harry L.V. Parkhurst and the Artist of the Party"; evidently of a humorous turn, the author remarks in his prefatory statement, "...when, the last day of March, I wrote "The End," I completely collapsed, in body and in mind-the strain physically and mentally had been too great. In fact, I collapsed before the book was finished, and I wrote four chapters, including the stories "In the Dungeon of Gud" and the "Legend of the Whispering-Vases," with the aid of stimulants when under my physician's care. He said I must finish the work by all means. Besides the ordinary medicinal stimulants, in order to do justice to the theme and plot of the dungeon story, I drank whiskey mixed with gunpowder, read Poe, attended dog fights, witnessed Sing Sing electrocutions, and visited insane asylums, and then borrowed of writers on the Commune in order to make the story read anything like the one related by the tragedian..."; stories with a comic vein; previous owner name on front endpaper; bound in light gray-brown cloth covered boards, silver gilt cover titles and portrait of "The Jolly Drummer", gilt spine titles; edge, tips wear an soiling to boards; endpapers splitting at the hinge; overall, in good condition. Good H (Item ID: 19040)

$125.00

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