1893 Rip Van Winkle and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow
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Decorative Binding, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
Washington Irving (1783-1859) was an American author and historian, primarily remembered for his short stories, with the two contained in this volume,'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow', being his most widely known. He also wrote biographies on figures such as Oliver Goldsmith, George Washington and Muhammed.
'Rip Van Winkle' tells the tale of a Dutch-American man in colonial America who consumes the liquor of Dutchmen and falls asleep twenty years later, having slept through the American Revolution.
'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' is a gothic story set in the countryside around a Dutch settlement in a glen nicknamed Sleepy Hollow, renowned for its ghosts and eerie atmosphere. It follows protagonist Ichabod Crane, a superstitious schoolmaster during his stay at Sleepy Hollow.
This work is illustrated profusely with full plates and vignettes by George Henry Boughton (1833-1905), an American illustrator and painter.
In a beautiful decorative binding, with gilt flowers along the spine and front cover.
In the publisher's original full cloth binding. Externally very smart, spine is slightly cocked and bumped to the head and tail and the gilt detail to the spine has faded a touch. Prize bookplate to the front pastedown. Internally firmly bound, pages are bright and clean bar the very occasional spot.
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