TRUE BILLS. George Ade.


New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1904. First Edition (Russo, p. 67; Smith A-96). viii, 154 pp. Illustrated. 12mo. 6-3/4" x 4-3/8". Publisher's line-colored buckram with black stamping. Dull red topstain. Yellow dust jacket printed in black. Book square & tight, VG+. Jacket surprisingly nice for a specimen from 1904... backstrip slightly darkened, the odd edge chip or two, and an unobtrusive stain in the upper right of the front panel. A quite respectable VG example. Item #50579

Ade "was an American writer, syndicated newspaper columnist, and playwright who gained national notoriety at the turn of the 20th century with his "Stories of the Streets and of the Town", a column that used street language and slang to describe daily life in Chicago, and a column of his fables in slang, which were humorous stories that featured vernacular speech and the liberal use of capitalization in his characters' dialog.

Ade's fables in slang gained him wealth and fame as an American humorist, as well as earning him the nickname of the "Aesop of Indiana". His notable early books include Artie (1896); Pink Marsh (1897); Fables in Slang (1900), the first in a series of books; and In Babel (1903), a collection of his short stories. ... Ade also wrote scripts and had some of his fables and plays adapted into motion pictures.

During the first quarter of the 20th century, Ade, along with Booth Tarkington, Meredith Nicholson, and James Whitcomb Riley helped to create a Golden Age of literature in Indiana." [Wiki]

Here offered is a volume of more fables, 23 more to be exact, all of which are they're first appearance in book form. And while this Ade title is not particularly elusive, but in jacket.... oh, decidely so!

Price: $275.00

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