[Early American Dust Jackets:] The Worth of Service.
With autograph letter by the author, the journalist popularizer of Christmas Seals
Beautiful example of a pre-World War I dust jacket with Arts and Crafts decorative motifs. A conduct of life book with some religious overtones. The book’s vibrant plates serve to present character-building mottos and utilize a large, bold design program.
Author Leigh Mitchell Hodges was a Philadelphia newspaper columnist who helped to popularize Christmas Seals in America.¹ The book is inscribed by Hodges to Mrs. Elizabeth Katherine Woodworth of Philadelphia. An Autograph Letter by the author (not signed) to Woodworth and a printed New Year’s greeting from him laid in. A scarce book; rare to find in such excellent condition in publisher’s dust jacket, as well as inscribed and autographed by the author.
Description: [Early American Dust Jackets:] The Worth of Service.
New York: Dodge Publishing Company, (1904). –113, [1(blank)]pp + Plates. First Edition. Sm. 8vo. Paper covered boards; publisher’s decorated dust jacket. 1917 presentation inscription by author. One-page, 1919 Autograph letter (not signed; possibly fragmentary) and printed New Year’s greeting card from the author laid in. Fine condition with dust jacket with small chip at the head of the spine, a 1” closed tear to front panel, else in near fine condition.
Note. 1. Exhibit | Christmas Seals | Brown University Library News accessed online.