Rutledge, Archibald. The Banners of the Coast [inscribed first edition, with manuscript letter]

Archibald Rutledge

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Rutledge, Archibald. The Banners of the Coast

Columbia SC: The State Company, 1908. Hardback 8vo; first edition. 47 pp. Gray cloth with silver-foiled embossed title, author name, and floral device to front board; no title to spine; deckled edges. Includes laid-in handwritten signed letter from the author to Dr. Albert Parker Fitch, and a pasted-in inscription to ffep from the author to Dr. Parker, dated January 31, 1915. Condition: Good. Soiling and discoloration to cover; extremities rubbed and bumped; fraying to head and tail of spine; minute areas to corners of lower front and top of rear boards worn through; page edges dusty; major foxing to endpapers and first three pages, with occasional foxing throughout; pp 20 and 21 toned from unknown item previously laid in; later gift inscription in unknown hand added to original pasted-in inscription from author. $1,500

Archibald Rutledge (1883-1973) was the beloved poet laureate of South Carolina and a noted author of hunting titles; this is his rarely-seen second book. Inscribed to Dr. Albert Parker Fitch (1877-1944), a noted theologian and author (Preaching and Paganism), it also includes a handwritten letter to Dr. Fitch: “Dear Albert, It is a common crime of modern society for a man to give another a book of his own poems. But you always make me feel generous-hearted; and what else have I to give you but myself?”

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