I am selling my beloved Maxfield Parrish , Knave of Hearts, first edition 1925 hard cover, in what I would rate as good condition . Here is the list of what I see as the flaws.
1 - The back side of the cloth cover panel ,which is a double page spread has a layer of paper torn from the image on the left lower corner. On the right side of this same double page panel spread there is some wrinkled creases .
2-A child has used a crayon on the inside tissue.
3-The cloth on the back panel has a water stain , bottom middle, it then soaked through to the back panel image and marked it a bit.
Minor flaws-1-A bit of the binding two-thirds of the way though the book is pulling a tad away, just about an inch down. On the back panels of the double page spread there is a stain along the binding about an inch down from the top.This stain seems to coincide with the binding pulling away as if water got in the binding and dissolved the glue in that area. But none of the actual pages have any corner water stains. Just the back double page panel spread.
2-Several panels have small marks . NO creases, NO scratches, NO rips , NO fading ,but small marks that come with age and uses.
3-The cover shows signs of very minor wear. Very little fraying of the cloth and minor wear of the cover plate. After all it is the cover and 95 years old .
In general each plate is in very good shape . There is very little foxing of the paper and each page appears crips and clear ,no fading. Just a few marks here and their as the* photos show. The page for the original owner to sign has been signed in a beautiful sepia block print.
These books where introduced in 1925 for the huge price of $25.00 They came with a keepsake box . I have never seen one of these combinations. I have just read that this was how the book was sold when it was first introduced in 1925. This book does not have the box. I believe in 1926 or 1927 a paper back edition with a spiral binder was printed and sold for less . This book is considered to be one of the most sought after rare books.Email me of you are interested and want more detail Juliehaymaker@me.com
Flaw 2-child's crayon outline on tissue
flaw 3 - water stain soaked through form back cloth panel on bak right side double page spread
flaw 3 - water stain back cloth panel bottom center
And last but not least for those that have a hard to getting the concept of what 95 years old looks like . Below is an image of 95 year old woman . So I would say this book looks pretty GOOD!!