Pyle, Howard. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1883. Hardcover. First Edition. First Issue. xx, 296 pp. 8vo. Brown cloth covered-boards with intricate Pyle design on the cover and spine stamped in black and orange with gold embossed titling to cover and spine. Considerable fraying to cloth at head and spine, losses at base. Corners of boards have bumping and small losses. Small bookseller label at base of first free endpaper at gutter, previous owner's signature on second free endpaper. The signature gathering of pages 99-110 loose but holding to text block by top thread. Custom mylar dust jacket protects cloth. Good.
Interior meets all points outlined in BAL 16378, title page in red and black, laid paper, brown coated endpapers, etc. except for the fact that this is the clothbound edition that appears to be as rare as the leather bound version. For many years it was thought that the leather version was the only one produced. Ahearn, "Collected Books," p. 552 lists a cloth first as being produced as well in 1883. This was also Howard Pyle's first book as an author. They rarely come up.