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The Fair God: A Tale Of The Conquest of Mexico. by  Lew. Illustrated by Eric Pape Wallace - Signed First Edition - 1899 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 109623)

The Fair God: A Tale Of The Conquest of Mexico.

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The Fair God: A Tale Of The Conquest of Mexico.

by Wallace, Lew. Illustrated by Eric Pape

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Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1899. First edition of Union General Lew Wallace's first novel. Octavo, two volumes, original publisher's embossed morocco with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, rebacked, top edge gilt, patterned endpapers, elaborately illustrated with both in-text and full page engravings within gilt frames and with lettered tissue-guards by Eric Pape, decorated initials. One of 250 numbered copies inscribed and dated by the author on the limitation page, "Very respectfully Lew Wallace, Nov. 7, 1898" and signed by the illustrator beneath the frontispiece of volume I. This is number 11. In very good condition. Wallace began writing The Fair God in 1843, but it was not published until 1873.The popular historical novel, with Cortez's conquest of Mexico as its central theme, was based on William H. Prescott's History of the Conquest of Mexico and sold several thousand copies in its first year. Its sales continued to rise after Wallace's reputation as an author was established with the publication of subsequent novels including Ben-Hur, his second and best-known novel.


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The Fair God: A Tale Of The Conquest of Mexico.
Wallace, Lew. Illustrated by Eric Pape
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Houghton Mifflin and Company
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Boston and New York
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Lew Wallace Signed Limited Edition, The Fair God: A Tale Of The Conquest of Mexico Signed Limited Edition

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.


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top edge gilt
Top edge gilt refers to the practice of applying gold or a gold-like finish to the top of the text block (the edges the pages... [more]
First Edition
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Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also... [more]
Another of the terms referring to page or book size, octavo refers to a standard printer's sheet folded four times, producing... [more]
A new book is a book previously not circulated to a buyer. Although a new book is typically free of any faults or defects, "new"... [more]
is a worn book that has complete text pages (including those with maps or plates) but may lack endpapers, half-title, etc.... [more]
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf.... [more]
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in... [more]
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