1896. [Chicago]: printed at the Auvergne Press by William H. Winslow and Chauncey L. Williams, 1896.
Very slim 8vo, 27, (2, colophon and note)pp. Original red cloth lettered in gilt, chipped at head and foot of spine, neatly restored. Bookplate on front pastedown. Inscribed by the publisher.
§ Edition limited to 65 copies of which this is #24. The elaborate title-page decoration is the first book illustration by Frank Lloyd Wright to appear in print. William H. Winslow, a prosperous Chicago businessman, lived near his neighbor and fellow publisher bibliophile Chauncey L. Williams, in River Forest, Illinois. Both commissioned houses by Wright. Winslow's house, built in 1894 was Wright's first independent commission. Williams's was built the following year in 1895. Williams went on to found Way and Williams, the renowned Chicago publisher, and Frank Lloyd Wright became perhaps the most eminent American architect of his time. The book is inscribed "To Mrs Elia W Peattie This little book is the first of the Auvergne Press. December 25th 1896. Chauncey L. Williams." The bookplate on the front pastedown is that of her husband, Robert Burns Peattie. The Peatties were both journalists; for many years, Robert was editor of World-Herald in Chicago and Elia was literary editor of the Chicago Tribune. All together this little book is an extraordinary encapsulation of the arts and letters scene in 1890s Chicago. Item #124667