Lot 1277: Ruth Edna Kelley THE BOOK OF HALLOWE'EN 1919 Antique Halloween History Witches Fortune Telling Decoration
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Book of Hallowe'en
Author: Ruth Edna Kelley - Ruth Edna Kelley was an American librarian and author. She is chiefly remembered for "The Book of Hallowe'en" (1919), the first book-length history of the holiday.
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co.
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 195 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Book Details: This book is credited as being the first full-length book about Halloween (courtesy of Wikipedia). From the preface: "This book is intended to give the reader an account of the origin and history of Hallowe'en, how it absorbed some customs belonging to other days in the year,--such as May Day, Midsummer, and Christmas."
Condition / Notes: This scarce antique volume has a detached rear board. This ex-library volume, in blue cloth with black and gilt stamped lettering and decoration to the front cover and spine, displays fraying to the spine edges and extremities, remnants of an attachment to the spine cover, and rubbing. The binding is cracked at the front hinge, and the text block displays separation between pages 100-101 and 116-117. Library stamps are present to the endpapers, as well as an attachment on the rear paste-down and the remnants of a sticker on the front flyleaf. The interior of the work is mostly bright and clean, illustrated with black and white plates, which display minor foxing. Plates depict varied aspects of Halloween and its history, including table decorations, paintings or illustrations of witches, and fortune-tellers, among others. This work contains an index.
This volume has been collated, and is complete. There are 195 numbered pages of text. There is a frontispiece, and 7 additional plates.
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