1876. New York: Stroefer & Kirchner, 1876.
Folio (355 x 266 mm.), 34 pp. 8 chromolithographic illustrations by Lemercier. Original red publisher's cloth, embossed and gilt, a remarkably fine copy of a very rare and fragile book.
§ First American edition of the Viola Tricolor, certainly one of the most unusual artistic renderings of pansies. These humorous, nonsense poems are exquisitely illustrated with eight bizarre chromo-lithographs, brilliantly printed by Lemercier of Paris, all of which offer sensational curiosities, including: the Artist at his canvas; the Pas de deux; Don Quixote and Sancho Panza; the University Faculty; the Marriage proposal; the Concert d'amateurs; the Brocken (the gathering place for witches in the Walpurgis Night), and the Argonauts. All the faces have been replaced by variously colored pansies, with positively surreal results.
The Viola Tricolor is hard to find in acceptable condition, and although there is some slight wear to the edge of the binding, it is otherwise in fine, bright state, with the interior immaculate. Item #124192