by Richard Samuel West
Little known, however, is the fact that two variants of the first edition also came out in 1894. The first is a full-color edition, published in a slightly more elegant cloth binding. The contents are identical to the regular 1894 edition, except that every illustration in the book has been mechanically colored. I have been unable to locate advertisements for the color variant. I would be happy to hear from a Yesterday’s Papers reader who knows more.
“Frederick Burr Opper
With Compliments of
J.B. Lippincott Company
March 1, 1894”Opper’s copy also features his bookplate on the front flyleaf and his signature on the second flyleaf. In this copy, Opper has also tipped in a letter from Nye to him discussing another book project that never came to fruition because Bill Nye (1850-96) died two years later at the age of 46.
* Richard Samuel West’s new book Iconoclast in Ink; The Political Cartoons of Jay N. “Ding” Darling can be purchased HERE.