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Ichabod Crane and Rip Van Winkle

IRVING, WASHINGTON. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon. Nos. I-VII

New York: Van Winkle, 1819-1820

Seven parts in one volume. Early half roan, marbled boards. Minor foxing and browning, joints and spine ends rubbed. A very good copy.

FIRST EDITIONS, FIRST PRINTINGS. The Sketch Book contains the first printings of the immortal tales “Rip Van Winkle” (in Part I) and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (in Part VII), among others. This series of tales, published in seven parts in 1819-20, brought Washington Irving instant fame and made him America’s first international literary star. This set contains the uncorrected text points indicating the first printings, as noted in BAL.

These classics are the earliest works of American literature that are still read for pleasure.

Grolier 100 American Books 31. BAL 10106.

$8,500