Of Interest: Anatole France’s The Revolt of the Angels and Penguin Island, as published by Dodd, Mead & Co.

July 10, 2013 Comments Off on Of Interest: Anatole France’s The Revolt of the Angels and Penguin Island, as published by Dodd, Mead & Co.

Welcome to the very first non-Macy book post here at the George Macy Imagery. Today’s post will focus on the lovely editions of The Revolt of the Angels and Penguin Island Dodd, Mead and Company put out in the early 1900’s. I’ve ordered a slew of other titles in the line from my local library system for examination, as I do adore these two volumes immensely. What really makes them remarkable is the artwork done by Frank C. Papé; best known perhaps for his work on James Branch Cabell’s works like Jurgen. He didn’t handle all of Dodd, Mead’s France collection, but he probably should of, given how amazing these two are. I’m abandoning the usual format for these special posts, but I’ll inform you on what I do know in the paragraphs.

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Front Binding – Let’s start with Penguin Island. This edition was published in 1926 by William Clowes and Sons, Limited, located in London. A.W. Evans is the translator; the very same as the LEC/HP Cameron and HP Sauvage editions. This series was edited by Frederic Chapman and James Lewis May, featured 31 volumes, and were issued in Great Britain by The Bodley Head. That’s all the production details I can share. The bindings are striking; I’ve seen a couple of the volumes are red cloth over black, but I’ll update this when I get a hold of the library copies of the other works. This one ended up in my hands courtesy of Carpe Diem Rare Books in Monterey for $15. It’s in fairly good shape considering that it’s close to 90 years old!

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Title Page – Here’s Papé’s whimsical artwork on full display. He was a master, no question, and his work is perfectly suited for both this book and Revolt.

Examples from Penguin Island (right click to enlarge):

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Front Binding – Revolt features the translation work of Mrs. Wilfrid Jackson, just like Macy’s LEC/HP edition. This one was issued in 1928, printed by Richard Clay and Sons, Limited, in Bungay, Suffolk. Bernard Miall joined the editorial board by this point. My wife bought me this book for Christmas in 2012, and it’s awesome. I adore both of these works by France, and this one is just…wow. Seriously. The cover has a little bit of discoloration to the gold leaf on the big wing of the sphinx, but otherwise it’s in very good shape.

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Title Page – More good stuff from Papé.

Examples from Revolt of the Angels (right click to enlarge):

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Spines for Both Books

All and all, wonderful printings of a too-little-read author nowadays. If you like France’s work, consider adding these lovely books to your collection. If you haven’t read France, these are both fantastic stories!

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