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posted Oct 2005
Please note that this was printed in 1974, so the prices are not accurate now. It seems to be a fairly detailed description of the printing history of Lincoln's books, with brief descriptions of the contents, plot lines and illustrations. If any reader has corrections, I'll be happy to enter them in here. This was scanned from a poor quality photocopy (the house photos are included for completeness sake only), and I don't know how it was originally published.
HANDBOOK FOR COLLECTORS
of books by JOSEPH C. LINCOLN
with 1974 values
by Edwin P. Geauque
With some illustrations from typical Joseph C. Lincoln stories
Copyright 1974 by Wake-Brook House
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing by the copyright owner. [Sorry]
International Standard Book Number: 0-87482-037-5
First published in July 1974
Printed in the United States of America
Publishers: WAKE-BROOK HOUSE
Box 153 Hyannis, Mass. 02601
Entrance door of Joseph C. Lincoln house in Chatham
The front of the Joseph C.Lincoln house in Chatham
The work of Joseph C. Lincoln has an appeal which is timeless. Every year since he began writing his stories about Cape Cod he has captured new readers. Characters he created are the real Cape Codders to those who know his books. Time may have changed the Cape and peopled it with new types but reality cannot diminish the vitality of the delightful personalities who lived in Lincoln's world of Cape Cod. We still expect to meet their kind, though we rarely do now, around the next bend of the road.
The first Joseph C. Lincoln book was published in 1902. The fifty titles which carry his name are avidly collected and happily read today by more people than are the books of any other author who has written about the Cape. There is a lively current market for all of the Joseph C. Lincoln books. Some of them are scarce and so highly prized that they bring top bids from rare book dealers.
Joseph Crosby Lincoln was born in Brewster, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, February 13, 1870. His father, Joseph Lincoln, was a sea captain, as was his father before him. His mother was Emily Crosby, a Brewster native. Captain Lincoln died in Charleston, South Carolina the year the son was born. Probably he never saw his son. When young Joe was thirteen, his mother moved to Chelsea, Massachusetts to provide a better opportunity for her son's education. After he finished his education he worked at several jobs in and around Boston. He thought he wanted to be an artist but he discovered that his verse and short stories sold better than his art, so his life was soon directed into literature. He married Florence E. Sargent of Chelsea in May 1897. They moved to New York in 1898 and lived at various locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan while he worked at editorial chores and wrote his stories.
He published "Cape Cod Ballads" a collection of verse in 1902, and in 1904 published "Cap'n Eri", his first prose book. "Cap'n Eri" was an immediate hit and ran through many reprintings. It brought in copious royalties and definitely established Joseph C. Lincoln as a writer. Thereafter he published at least one book every year, even through the depths of the depression, and he enjoyed a substantial income which enabled him to build a large summer home at Chatham on Cape Cod, on high ground overlooking the sea, and a year-round home in Hackensack, New Jersey. Before he built his summer home in Chatham he spent most of his summers there, renting at various locations.
Later he moved his year-round abode to Villanova, Pennsylvania, and usually wintered in Florida. Over all these years while his books were appearing in hard covers, his stories were also appearing in the-highest paying popular magazines.
Joseph C. Lincoln died in Florida in March, 1944, of a heart attack. His body was returned to Cape Cod and was buried in Union Cemetery on Route 28. The only child of Joseph and Florence Lincoln was Freeman Lincoln, who co-authored three books with his father.
Garden at rear of Joseph C. Lincoln house with its view of sea
Chronological List of Titles
by Joseph C. Lincoln
1902. Cape Cod Ballads
1904. Cap'n Eri
1905. Partners of the Tide
1906. Mr. Pratt
1907. The Old Home House
1908. Cy Whittaker's Place
1909. Keziah Coffin
1909. Our Village
1910. The Depot Master
1911. Cap'n Warren's Wards
1911. The Woman Haters
1912. The Postmaster
1912. The Rise of Roscoe Paine
1913. Mr. Pratt's Patients
1914. Cap;n Dan's Daughter
1914. Kent Knowles, Quahaug
1915. Thankful's Inheritance
1916. Mary 'Gusta
1917. Extricating Obadiah
1920. The Portygee
1921. Galusha the Magnificent
1922. Fair Harbor
1923. Doctor Nye
1924. Rugged Water
1925. Queer Judson
1926. The Big Mogul
1927. The Aristocratic Miss Brewster
1928. Silas Bradford's Boy
1929. Blair's Attic (with Freeman Lincoln)
1930. Blowing Clear
1931. All Along Shore
1932. Head Tide
1933. Back Numbers
1934. The Peel Trait
1934. Payment Deferred
1935. Cape Cod Yesterdays
1935. Storm Signals
1936. Great Aunt Lavinia
1937. Storm Girl
1938. A. Hall & Company
1938. Christmas Days
1939. The Ownley Inn (with Freeman Lincoln)
1939. Rhymes of Old Cape Cod
1940. Out of the Fog
1941. New Hope (with Freeman Lincoln)
1943. The Bradshaws of Harniss
The values quoted in this handbook are retail values. In other words, these prices are about what a book dealer will charge a retail customer for the book in good condition - the condition described in the book trade as Very Good to Fine. Books which are faded or show signs of considerable wear, and books which are soiled or stained or marked, will have less value and will be priced accordingly.
Book dealers have to buy at lower prices than those quoted here because they have to make a profit to stay in business. How much lower their offer will be will depend on the dealer. In general, however, a dealer will usually try to buy for about half what he intends to sell for. Therefore, if you sell to a dealer you can figure on receiving about half the prices quoted here, more or less, depending on the book. Some Joseph C. Lincoln books are scarce and are in great demand, so dealers will bid high to get them. Sometimes, in order to obtain a scarce book and still keep his selling price reasonable, a dealer will work on a very close margin of profit. Usually, if a dealer knows he has a quick resale for a book he will plan a shorter profit markup than if he knows the item will probably stay on his shelf a long time before somebody will come along to buy it.
There is considerable confusion about the meaning of "First Editions". Correctly, a "First Edition" is the whole number of copies printed and published at one time and identically bound. When the work is reprinted, even when no changes are made in the text or format, such reprints are correctly "impressions" or "printings". A new "Edition" is created when any substantial changes are made in the text.
Almost all of Joseph C. Lincoln's books had only one "Edition", but almost all of them had numerous "printings". Many of these reprints had different bindings. In the main, however, the text of Lincoln's books was never changed after the original printing. The plates were simply put back on the press and re-run.
SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BOOKS
Many collectors of Joseph C. Lincoln books place a high value on books signed by the author and those which have inscriptions by him. How much such signatures and inscriptions are worth depends to a great extent on what the collector is willing to pay. As a rough estimate of the value of a signature or inscription by Joseph C. Lincoln, $10.00 seems about average at the present time.
Books by Joseph Co Lincoln
A. HALL & CO.
The story of a feud between two Cape Cod families over a piece of land. Complete with romance and some good salty characters.
Originally published by D.Appleton - Century Co., Inc., New York, in 1938.336 pages. Octavo. Bound in navy blue book cloth with gold stamping. First printing has (1) at end. Second printing has (2) at end. Third printing has (3).
Current retail value of first printing in good condition is approximately $6.00. Reprints $5.00. With dust wrapper in good condition, add $1 .00.
We Hove in Sight of Dillamead.
ALL ALONG SHORE
A collection of eighteen short stories which appeared in various magazines. Originally published by Coward-McCann, Inc., New York, in 1931. 532 pages. Bound in light green book cloth with dark blue stamping. No number at end.
Reprinted by A. L. Burt, bound in dark blue book cloth with black stamping.
Reprinted later by Blue Ribbon Books with the title changed to CAPE COD CHARACTERS.
"Payment Deferred" the first story in this book was brought out by Coward-McCann in 1934 in a limited edition of five hundred copies. This item is practically unobtainable. Advertised offers of $75.00 and $100.00 go unanswered.
The approximate retail value of the original printing of "All Along Shore" is $8.00. Reprint $5.00, Add $1.00 when book has dust wrapper in good condition.
THE ARISTOCRATIC MISS BREWSTER
A story about stiff-necked family pride and romance that flowers in spite of it.
Originally published by D. Appleton & Co., in 1927. Bound in dark green book cloth with gold stamping. Has gold stamped border on face 1/4 inch from edge. 404 pages, plus 2 pages of ads. (1) at end.
Reprint by A.L.Burt Co. Bound in dark green book cloth. Erroneously carries the (1) on last page and has 6 pages of ads.
Approximate retail value of first printing $4.00. Reprint $3.00. With dust wrapper in good condition add $1.50.
That Was His Afternoon's Work.
Eighteen short stories about the "horse and buggy" days on Cape Cod. 371 pages. Octavo.
Originally published by Coward-McCann in 1933. The first printing does not have the (1) at the end, but it does carry "First Edition" on the copyright page. The format of this item is the same as "All Along Shore". Bound in light green book cloth with blue stamping and with the same cross-bars on the spine and the same decoration on the face.
The approximate value of the first edition in good condition is $5.00. Reprint $4.00. With good dust wrapper add $1.00.
THE BIG MOGUL
Gruff Captain Townsend can rule the village, but not the heart of his pretty niece.
Originally published by D. Appleton & Co., in 1926. Bound in dark red book cloth with gold stamping. Fine gold line around all four sides of face, 1/4 inch from edge. 386 pages. First edition has (1) at end.
Retail value of first printing in good condition $4.00. Reprint $3.00. With a good dust wrapper add $1.00.
When Joseph C.Lincoln and his son, Freeman, began their collaboration, they worked out a style which combined the proven successful character drawing of the father with the mystery format the son liked to use. The arrangement was a happy one for it resulted in the case of "Blair's Attic" in a swell mystery yarn against a Cape Cod background with Cape Cod types.
First published by Coward-McCann, with endpapers and dust jacket by N.C. Wyeth. 369 pages. Octavo. Bound in light blue book cloth with black stamping, and pale green overstamping on the face. The first printing does not have "First Edition" on the copyright page, nor does it carry the (1) at the end.
This book was later reprinted by A.L.Burt Co., in two bindings, both without the N.C.Wyeth endpapers. One is done in light blue book cloth with black stamping and red overstamping on the title on the face. The other is done in a darker blue, navy, with yellow stamping and black overstamping on the title on the face. Neither of these printings has a number at end.
The approximate retail value of "Blair's Attic" first printing is $5.00. Reprint $4.00. Because the art of N.C. Wyeth is collectible in its own right, a first printing copy with the dust jacket in good condition is worth $10.00.
A delightful tale of a Cape Cod fisherman who could find his way at sea through pea soup fog, but on land needed a woman's intuition - and love.
Originally published by D.Appleton & Co., in 1930. First printing has (1) at end. Bound in navy blue pebbled book cloth with gold stamping on spine and face, 333 pages. Octavo. Reprinted in November 1943 by Triangle Books. Triangle reprint has (3) at end. Dust jacket has Harold Brett painting on face.
Approximate retail value of first printing in good condition $5.00. Reprint $4.00. With dust jacket in good condition add $1 .00.
THE BRADSHAWS OF HARNISS
This is the story of a peppery old Cape Codder called back into the saddle when his grandson goes off to World War II. The amusing adventures of a couple in the antique business add further salt to the yarn.
Originally published by D. Appleton-Century Company in 1943, the first printing has (1) at the end. 380 pages. 8vo. Bound in bright blue book cloth, with gold stamping. First printing has picture of author in a candle shop on back of dust jacket. The subsequent printings show the author standing in the garden of his Cape Cod home. The book club edition was bound in dark red pebbled book cloth with gold stamping on the spine and blind stamped on the face. Reprinted later by Grosset & Dunlap and bound in tan book cloth with black stamping.
Approximate retail value of first printing in good condition $4.00. Reprint $3.00. First printing with dust jacket in good condition $6.00. Reprints with aood jacket $4.00.
CAPE COD BALLADS
Joseph C.Lincoln's first published book. Eighty verses about old Cape Cod scenes and folk. Originally published by Albert Brandt in New York in 1902. 198 pages. Octavo size. In 1910 Appleton brought out a new edition with drawings by Edward W. Kemble, bound in bright green grained book cloth, stamped in qold and with a ship and fish design blind-stamped. Although this is not properly the first printing of this title, the number (1) appears at the end. It is often referred to as the "first Appleton edition". Later, the book was again reprinted.
The Brandt edition is very scarce and has a current retail value of about $50.00. The "Appleton first" is more common but is scarce enough to command about $25.00. The reprint is worth about $15.00. If there were dust jackets for these books, this writer has not seen them, but in good condition they would add considerably to these values.
CAPE COD CHARACTERS
See "All Along Shore"
CAPE COD STORIES
This collection of eleven short stories was originally published by A.S.Barnes Co., in 1907, under the title "The Old Home House". In 1912 it was reprinted by A.L. Burt Co., with the title changed to "Cape Cod Stories". In 1972 it was reprinted by Wake-Brook House with this same title, in a distinctive hand-crafted binding using varied fabrics. This edition is still in print.
The Burt reprint which was brought out in 1912 is a small octavo, bound in tan book cloth with black stamping and over-stamping in blue on the face. It erroneously carries the indication of a first edition (1) at the end and it has ten pages of ads.
"The Old Home House", the original form of this book is rare and is worth more than $50.00 if in good condition. The second printing, which is the first with the new title, has an approximate current value of $25.00. The new reprint is priced at $5.95.
CAPE COD YESTERDAYS
This is a handsome book, a collection of seventeen short essays, recollections and anecdotes about old Cape Cod, the stagecoach days, the packet line to Boston, the first railway - and about old activities. it was first published by Little Brown & Co., Boston, In October 1935, in a limited "Chatham Edition", of 1075 numbered copies, signed by the author and the artist. This first edition was quarto in size, 287 pages, with fifteen reproductions in color of paintings by
Harold Brett tipped in. The endpapers in color are also by Brett and he contributed numerous drawings. The text is printed on heavy deckle-edge paper and the book is bound with a tan fabric spine. The boards are covered with blue-and-white calico. Title plaque of blue paper is pasted on the spine.
The book was reprinted that same month, October 1935, by Little Brown in a trade format with the color plates printed on glossy stock and wrapped around the signatures, which were without the deckle-edge. The endpapers are the same. The binding is a one-piece case with tan book cloth and black stamping on the spine and face. Evidently Little Brown reprinted the book two more times before selling the plates to Blue Ribbon Books, Inc., of New York, who brought out their edition in smaller size in April 1939 and then reprinted it again in November 1939. These printings used the same color plates but do not have the Brett endpapers. They are bound in bright blue book cloth with black stamping on spine and face. None of the editions has a number at the end.
Approximate current value of the "Chatham Edition", signed by author and artist, in good condition, is $75.00. The "First printing after the Chatham Edition" is worth about $27.50. The other Little Brown reprints are worth about $15.00. The Blue Ribbon reprints are worth about $10.00. Boxes or dust jackets on any of the books add to their value.
CAP'N DAN'S DAUGHTER
The story of a sea captain's daughter who rescues him from her mother's social ambitions by burlesquing the good lady's own doings. Originally published in 1914 by D. Appleton & Co. 390 pages with three illustrations by J. Henry. Octavo. Reprint by A.L. Burt, bound in blue-black book cloth with white stamping. Color picture pane! by Edmund Frederick, of a young woman presumably the daughter, pasted on face of the book. The reprint carries the number (2) at the end and has ten pages of ads.
The first printing of this book has a current value of about $5.00 when in good condition. The reprint is worth about $3.00. A dust jacket adds to the value.
He Fairly Sobbed With Disappointment.
Joseph C. Lincoln's first prose book. Was originally published by A.S. Barnes Co., in February 1904, bound in purple book cloth with white stamping. Carried the number (1) at the end. The edition had a frontispiece and three illustrations by Charlotte Weber. In In the first printing and some of the subsequent ones the frontispiece was over-printed with sepia as a second color as a separate press run. After the first printing the (1) was dropped, and somewhere along the line the sepia over-printing was discontinued. After the tenth printing in 1906, arrangements were made with A.L.Burt to carry on and the Burt printings came out in 1909 in dark green cloth with white stamping; and in 1912 in a dark olive green with gold stamping. Later, in 1920, D.Appleton & Co., came out with a reprint bound in green cloth with red stamping. When Appleton turned over the rights to Grosset & Dunlap, the latter brought out a printing in 1931, bound in green cloth with black stamping , without the illustrations, and erroneously crediting the original copyright to D. Appleton & Co.
A true first printing of "Cap'n Eri" is rare and if in good condition has an approximate current retail value of $60.00. The reprints are readily available and are worth about $3.00. Dust jackets for this book are seldom seen and when they are in good condition they add $2.00 to $5.00 to the value of the item.
CAP'N WARREN'S WARDS
Cap'n Warren finds himself in strange waters as the guardian to a niece and nephew brought up in snobbish New York society. Originally published by Appleton in October 1911, this book seems to have more varied bindings than other Lincoln books. The numbers at the end seem to have been correct through the sixth printing, then the numbers disappeared and there are several printings, bound with different colored book cloth and stamping, all without any numbers. The original edition had four illustrations by Edmund Frederick and the A.L. Burt Co., carried these along through the sixth reprint. After that they dropped the three illustrations in the text but retained the frontis.
The first printing in good condition has a current value of about $5.00. Reprints are plentiful and are worth about $3.00. Dust jackets add from 50¢ to $1.00 to the value.
He Rared up or his Hands.
This is the story of a Cape Cod family of ship masters covering three important Christmases in the lives of Rogers and David Day: the first in the eighteen-fifties, the second about ten years later when the boys have already secured their first commands, and the third in the seventies. The book was first published by Coward-McCann in a special edition limited to 1000 copies on all rag paper, each copy signed by the author and artist. This edition had a slip case. The books are individually numbered. The panel on the slip case of the first edition, the jacket used on the reprints, the endpapers, and the many black and white Illustrations are by Harold Brett.
Coward-McCann did not accept Joseph Lincoln's plan to have his books numbered at the end to indicate the printing, but the first, second and third impressions so state their number on the copyright page. After that, reprintings were not indicated. The limited first edition was bound with a natural linen spine, bright blue cloth on the boards, and a stamped decorative title plaque in black and gold on the spine. The second impression was bound in a one-piece case done in tan book cloth with blue and black stamping. The third impression used a darker tan book cloth with same stamping. Later impressions matched the second.
The autographed limited edition of "Christmas Days" in its slip case in good condition is worth $85.00. The value of a reprint with a good dust jacket is about $27.50.
CY WHITTAKER'S PLACE
An old bachelor adopts a little girl and with an old crony forms a "Board of Strategy" for her upbringing. Originally published by Appleton In September 1908, the book was reprinted five times by them before the plates were sold to Grosset & Dunlap. 403 pages, octavo size, illustrated by Wallace Morgan. Printings are correctly numbered on last page. The Appleton printings were bound in light green, vertically-ribbed cloth with white stamping. A colored picture panel is pasted on the face above the title. The Grosset reprints are bound in smooth tan cloth with black stamping, and have the same picture panel.
The first printing is hard to come by and has value in the neighborhood of $10.00. Reprints are common at about $3.00. A good dust jacket adds about 50¢.
THE DEPOT MASTER
A typical Joseph C.Lincoln story about tangled love affairs and how the Depot Master gets involved. The book was originally published in May 1910 by D. Appleton & Co. Four illustrations by Howard Heath. Color print of an old sea captain in winter regalia on oval plaque pasted on face. 380 pages. Numbers of printings at end are correct. Reprinted by A.L. Burt Co., bound in brick-red book cloth with white stamping, using same face plaque.
Approximate current value of first printing in good condition $4.00. Reprints $3.00. Jacket adds 50¢.
DOCTOR NYE OF NORTH OSTABLE
In this story North Ostable revises its opinion of its black sheep. First published by D.Appleton & Co., in 1923. 423 pages. Octavo. Bound in brown book cloth with verticle rib and stamped with a reverse plate over a darker brown background. The book was reprinted by A. L. Burt Co.
The first printing of this book is the one most often encountered and it has an approximate current value of $3.00. With dust jacket $3.50. Reprint the same.
Cap'n Noah Newcomb extricates his former cabin-boy from the dangers of unexpectedly inheriting a fortune. Originally published by D. Appleton & Co., in 1917. 380 pages. Octavo. (1) at end. Bound in dark red book cloth vvith gold stamping. Frontispiece and three other illustrations by Walt Louderback. Reprinted by A.L.Burt Co., who at first used only the Louderback frontispiece without the other three illustrations. After the fourth printing the frontispiece was dropped as well. The Burt reprints show proper numbers at the end through the fourth printing, but after that the plates began to wear and the numbers are often illegible. Burt reprints evidently were bound in any book cloth the bindery had available, for we have seen the same reprint bound in different colored cloth. The dust jacket on this book shows a Cape Cod cove with a tree and cottage in the foreground and a lighthouse in the distance.
The first printing is not uncommon and has a value of about $4.00. Reprints $3.00. A good dust jacket adds about 50¢ to the value.
In this story an old sea captain becomes manager of a home for mariners' women. First published by D. Appleton Co., in 1922, the first printing has the (1) at the end and two pages of ads. 379 pages. 8vo. Bound in bright red book cloth with gold stamping. A gold border runs around the face, 1/4 inch from the edge. Was not reprinted by Appleton. Second printing by A.L. Burt Co., bound in similar bright red cloth but without the gold border on face. Number (2) at end. Dust jacket shows house, garden and an ornate iron fence, in color.
Approximate current value of first printing in good condition $4.00. Reprint $3.00. Add 50¢ for a good dust jacket.
Friends Had a Chance to View the Remains.
GALUSHA THE MAGNIFICENT
A fusty archeologist, whimsical and impractical, who was thought by many to be not very bright, turns out to be pretty smart, indeed. Originally published by D.Appleton & Co., in 1921. 408 pages. 8vo. First printing bound in dark red book cloth with black stamping, has (1) at end, and two pages of ads. Was reprinted three times by Appleton. Properly numbered and bound in the same red cloth, but second printing has no ads. Third and fourth have the ads. Another printing in same cloth has the ads but no number. When plates were sold to A.L.Burt Co., the number (4) at end was left unchanged on all Burt printings but binding cloth was varied and stamping color is different. Burt used a line border around the edge of the face. One of their printings is bound in tan book cloth with black stamping. Another is bound in dark green cloth with lime-green stamping. There may have been other combinations which we have not seen.
The first printing has an approximate current value of $3.50. Reprint $2.50. With good jacket add 50¢.
Joseph C. Lincoln wrote a play in 1918 for the Red Cross, which was printed with paper covers and was distributed widely to promote contributions to the Red Cross work. These are very scarce and might possibly have big value to someone trying to assemble a complete collection of Lincoln's work. However, since there are none of these in the market, no market value has been established.
GREAT AUNT LAVINIA
Lavinia was seventy-five years old but she didn't look it, act it, or care to be reminded of it. She is brisk, sharp-tongued, shrewd, and good hearted. A wonderful story is built around her. Even so, this was one of the least successful of Joseph Lincoln's novels. Published by Appleton-Century in 1936, the first printing has the (1) at the end, the second printing has the (2). Both are bound in bright blue book cloth with gold stamping. The dust jacket has a picture illustrating a scene from the story on its face. 339 pages, 8vo.
Because fewer of this book were printed it is rather scarce. A first edition in good condition is worth at least $10.00. The reprint has a $7.00 value. With a good dust jacket either is worth $1.00 more.
"I Put for the Woods."
Laid on Cape Cod in the picturesque 1870s, this is the story of a country newspaper trying to be fair to all sides in local controversies. First published by D. Appleton & Co., in 1932. The first printing has the
(1) at the end and is bound in bright blue book cloth with gold stamping and a gold anchor on the face. Reprinted later in 1932 by Appleton, the second has
(2) at the end and is bound in the same cloth. When Appleton sold the plates to A.L.Burt Co., the latter brought out a printing bound in light green cloth with black stamping, and another bound in dark blue cloth with light blue stamping. Both of these printings carry the (2) at the end because Burt did not bother to remove the indicia from the Appleton plate. The Burt printings were actually the third and fourth. In 1942 the plates were sold to Triangle Books who did a printing bound in aqua cloth with black stamping and still carrying the little (2) at the end, although this printing actually was the fifth.
In spite of all these printings, "Head Tide" is not one of the easiest titles to find. A good first printing has an approximate current value of $10.00. The reprint by Appleton is worth $6.00. The Burt and Triangle reprints are worth $5.00. Good jackets add $1.00 to $1.50 to these values.
THE JOSEPH C. LINCOLN READER
Edited and with introduction by J. Freeman Lincoln, Joseph C. Lincoln's son, this book was published by Appleton-Century-Crofts in 1959, It contains the novels "Partners of the Tide" and l:Galusha the Magnificent", also four stories from "The Old Home House" and eight ballads from "Rhymes of the Old Cape." 562 pages. Octavo. Bound in a three-part case with gray book cloth on spine, stamped in brown, with a heavier plain gray book cloth on the boards.
There was only one printing of this book and it carries no printing number at the end. There are not many copies of this title around and one in good condition is worth about $10.00. A good dust jacket adds $1.00 to the value.
KENT KNOWLES "QUAHAUG"
A search for a distant cousin "Frank" who proves to be "Frances" radically alters a man who resembles a quahaug. This story has special interest for its authentic background contrasts of the way of life in England and in New England. Originally published by Appletons in 1914 with olive-green cloth, gold stamping and a colored picture-panel of a village in England on the face above the title. 451 pages. 8vo. Appletons reprinted twice and these printings carry the correct numbers at the end. When the plates were sold to A.L.Burt Co., no one bothered to change the number at the end and Burt reprints all carry (3) even though they are properly four and higher. The Burt reprints have a slightly more olive cloth with black stamping and six pages of ads were added.
A first printing of "Kent Knowles Quahaug" is not often seen and is currently worth about $5.00. The reprints are worth about $3.00. Good dust jacket adds from 50¢ to $1.00 to the value.
An old maid proves a good angel to a minister in his courtship and turns out not to be incurably an old maid. Originally published by D.Appleton & Co., In September 1909, the book was bound in olive-green cloth with white stamping and with colored picture panel on the face above the title. 387 pages. 8vo. Two pages of ads. Appletons reprinted twice in the same format, then sold the plates to Grosset & Dunlap, whose printing is numbered (4) and is done in pale green cloth with darker green stamping. The picture panel is the same but there are four pages of G & D ads. The plates were then sold to A.L.Burt Co., whose printing is numbered (5) and is bound in orange cloth with black stamping and the picture-panel eliminated. There are four pages of ads. The eight illustrations in black-and-white line by Wallace Morgan, which were done for the original publication by Appletons, were retained through all printings.
The first printing by Appleton is scarce and has a current value of about $5.00. Reprints are plentiful and are worth about $3.00. A dust jacket in good condition adds 50¢ to $1.00 to the value.
A story about an orphan girl who persists in mothering two old sea captains who are her guardians. Published originally by D.Appleton & Co., in 1916, with four illustrations by H.M.Brett. Done in brick-red cloth with gold stamping and a decorative triangle in gold on the face below the title. The numbers at the end to indicate the printings are correct for this title. However, when A.L.Burt Co., took over the plates they reprinted with the frontispiece by Brett only, not using the other three illustrations. The Burt printings are bound in a yellow-green cloth with darker green stamping and with the border around the face stamped in green, while the border was blind-stamped in the Appleton printings.
This book is not hard to find and has a value of about $3.50 for a first printing in good condition, and $2.50 for a reprint. A good dust jacket will add 50¢ to $1.00 to the value.
An old Cape Codder gives two young New Yorkers some good pointers on how to lead a natural life. Originally published by A.S.Barnes & Co., in May 1906, and was reprinted nine times by Barnes between 1906 and 1909. The plates were sold to Appletons in 1920, and later sold to A.L.Burt Co. However with all the reprintings the little numbers at the end got all foulled up so they are meaningless. Some of the Burt printings, for example, carry the number (2) at the end, which is obviously inaccurate, and some of their printings carry no number at all. The book cloth used on all of the printings, as well as the stamping foils used, varied from printing to printing and sometimes within a printing. There were illus-trations by Horace Taylor in the Barnes printings, which were reduced to the frontispiece in the Burt printings, then Burr reduced the frontispiece in size and finally eliminated it altogether.
The first printings by Barnes and even the printing by Appletons are not easily come by and have a value of about $10.00 when in good condition. The Burt reprints are plentiful and have a value of $2.50 to $3.00. A good dust jacket adds 50¢ to $1.00.
MR. PRATT'S PATIENTS
Mr. Pratt and his friend Miss Sparrow introduce some original methods in the Sea Breeze Bluff Sanitorium for Rest and Right Living. Originally published by D. Appleton & Co., in May 1913. 345 pages. 8vo. With four illustrations by Howard Heath. First printing bound in brick-red book cloth with white stamping and with an oval paste-on plaque in color under the title on the face. Reprinted by A.L.Burt Co., in the same format and correctly numbered at end. The picture of Mr. Pratt by Mary Lane McMillan on the title plaque is of a different person from the picture by J.Henry printed on the dust jacket, but evidently this was permissible with artists' license.
The first printing of this book in good condition has a value of about $4.00. The reprint $3.00. A good dust jacket adds from 50¢ to $1.00 to the value.
In Comes Eben and the Widder.
THE NEW HOPE
This novel by Joseph C.Lincoln and Freeman Lincoln, his son, is not actually historical. It is pure fiction although the authors give an accurate picture of the conditions in towns and villages on Cape Cod during the British blockade of 1814. Published by Coward-McCann in 1941, it is bound in bright green cloth with gold stamping. 498 pages. Tall octavo in size. Map endpapers show the imaginary situation in which the story is laid. Coward-McCann did not go along with Mr. Lincoln's wish to have his book printings numbered at the end, so there is no printing number in "The New Hope" and no indication of the edition on the copyright page. It is assumed, therefore, that there was but one printing of this book.
This book is on the scarce side and a copy in good condition has a value of about $10.00. With a good dust jacket it is worth about a dollar more.
THE OLD HOME HOUSE
This was the original title of the book which was changed later to "Cape Cod Stories". See this title for details.
A series of unforgettable short sketches describing life on Cape Cod a long time ago. First published by D.Appleton & Co., in 1909. This book is scarce and a copy of the first printing in good condition is worth about $45.00. The reprint about $12.50.
OUT OF THE FOG
This typical Joseph C.Lincoln story which has to do with a thick fog on Cape Cod and a hit-and-run driver was first published by Appleton-Century in 1940. It had three printings before the plates went to Grosset & Dunlap, who did the fourth printing, complete with number at the end and with a new legend on the jacket, as follows: "This book is complete and unabridged! From first page to last it is exactly as the author wrote it and as originally published at the higher price. The low price is made possible by printing from the original plates and by the acceptance of a reduced royalty". As published by Appleton-Century the book had a bright navy-blue cloth cover with gold stamping. The G & D version had an even brighter blue, rough textured cloth with black stamping. The jacket has a wraparound picture of a Cape Cod village in thick fog.
This book of 360 pages, octavo size, is a little on the scarce side and a good copy of the first printing is worth about $8.00. The reprint is valued at $5.00. A good jacket adds $1.00 to the value.
THE OWNLEY INN
Here again is the happy combination of authorship that produced the best seller "Blair's Attic". In that story, the Lincolns, father and son, wrote a delightful mystery story with a salty Cape Cod flavor. In "The Ownley Inn" the Lincolns have again achieved a fresh and salty story with the excitement of a real mystery. Published by Coward-McCann in 1939, in navy-blue book cloth with silver stamping, the book has 311 pages and is octavo size. There are no indicators of printings either on the copyright page or at the end. The dust jacket has a wrap-around picture in color of an inn on a point surrounded by the sea.
"The Ownley Inn" is not one of the easy acquisitions but copies are available, usually priced at about $6.00. A good jacket adds $1.50 to $2.00 to value.
"The Ownley Inn" was reprinted by Grosset & Dunlap but for some reason the copies most commonly seen are the original printing by Coward McCann. Reprints have about the same value as the original, $6.00.
PARTNERS OF THE TIDE
The surprising adventures and difficulties of Cap'n Titcomb and young Bradley Nickerson in the wrecking business. Published originally by A.S.Barnes in April 1905. Reprinted in 1920 by D.Appleton & Co. Later reprinted by the A.L.Burt Co. The first printing had a frontispiece by Weber-Ditzler and line drawings at the head of each chapter by J.R. These illustrations ran through the first of the Burt printings, but later printings dropped the frontis. Burt evidently paid no attention to the printing numbers at the end, for their printings either carried no number at all or showed a small (2), which was obviously incorrect. The early printings were bound in dark red cloth with the top rigging of a sailing vessel and flying seagulls below the title, stamped in three colors on the face. Burt's final printings dropped the extra colors, leaving only the title and author stamped in black on the cover.
The original Barnes printings are considered scarce and are highly valued, at $25.00 and more. Appleton's reprints are worth about $10.00. The Burt reprints are common and are worth about $3.00. A good dust jacket adds 50¢ to $1.00 to the value.
THE PEEL TRAIT
A family trait runs true to form and causes lots of complications. Published by Appleton-Century in 1934 bound in bright navy-blue cloth with gold stamping. Decorative end papers. 309 pages. 8vo. Numbers at end to indicate printing are correct.
This title is not exactly plentiful, though there are some around, valued at $8.00 for the first printing, $5.00 for reprints. A good dust jacket adds $1.00. Reprinted by Triangle Books in March 1944, which was during World War II, in poor paper and cloth which has worn and discolored badly, but even this item is sought after and has a value of about $5.00.
He Pitched Head First Into the Cockpit.
The temperament and "calf love" of the son of a Spanish opera singer make difficulties with his Yankee grandfather. This book was published by D.Appleton & Co., in 1920. 361 pages. 8vo. Frontispiece in color by H.M.Brett. Bound in gray book cloth with black stamping. When this book first went into print, the decorative sketch on the cover above the title was stamped at the top of the face so the church steeple and the lighthouse ran up to about 1/8 inch from the top. According to an old craftsman who worked in the bindery when this book was being stamped, orders came from the office to stop until a green panel to show clouds could be added. Thus, part of the first printing is bound in cases with the green panel, part without it, but all books with this title which have the small (1) at the end are correctly first printing. Appletons reprinted twice and their printings are correctly numbered (2) and (3); but when the plates were sold to the A.L.Burt Co., the Burt reprints all have the little (3) at the end, which is incorrect.
There are not many of the first Appleton printing without the green panel around and some collectors of Joseph Lincoln books value this one highly. These collectors think $10.00 is a fair price for this rarity. The first printing is quite common and with the green panel is valued at only .$3.50 to $4.00. The reprints are valued at $3.00; the Burt reprints at about $2.50.
A retired sea captain finds plenty of activity in the position of postmaster. First published by D.Appleton & Co., in April 1912. 317 pages. 8vo. With four illustrations by Howard Heath, Originally bound in a one-piece case of brick-colored cloth with white stamping, with a color print of a Heath painting in an oval affixed to the face. Appletons reprinted once then sold the plates to the A.L. Burt Co., who made four reprintings and, wonder of wonders, changed the little numbers at the end so the printings are correct! However, the later reprintings by Burt used a lighter shade of red book cloth and stamped in black instead of white. The Heath portrait of the postmaster was also eliminated, though it remained on the dust jacket.
The value of a first printing of "The Postmaster" is from $4.50 to $5.00. The reprints $3.00. A good dust jacket adds from 50¢ to $1.00 to the value.
Carey Judson, a square peg in a round hole, returns from Boston to Cape Cod and, eventually, finds his niche. Published by D.Appleton & Co., in 1925. 8vo. Bound in dark brown textured book cloth and stamped in gold, using reverse plates on both spine and face. The jacket had a Harold Brett portrait in color on the face and a Bachrach photograph of Joseph Lincoln at his desk on the back. The book has 362 pages.
The first printing of "Queer Judson" is valued at about $4.00. Reprints at $3.00. A good dust jacket adds from 50¢ to $1.00.
RHYMES OF THE OLD CAPE
This small collection of Joseph Lincoln's verse was published by Appletons in 1939. It is very rare and has a current value of about $50.00.
THE RISE OF ROSCOE PAINE
The misdeeds and disgrace of his father compel Roscoe Paine and his invalid mother to seek seclusion on Cape Cod. Six years of idleness develop indifference and cynicism. Then, behold, the pretty daughter of a millionaire comes along and changes all that. First published by D.Appleton & Co., in 1912. 469 pages. Octavo size. Four illustrations by Edmund Frederick. Bound in a one-piece case of olive-green book cloth with black stamping and a colored horizontal picture panel on the face above the title. Reprinted twice by Appleton with the printings correctly numbered. When the plates were sold to A.L.Burt Co., format was retained but printing number was not changed. Burt reprints have four pages of ads. Dust jacket has same design as covers and same panel on face, but type is printed in red.
First printing by Appleton has current value of about $4.00. Reprints are worth about $3.00. A good dust jacket adds 50¢ to $1.00 to value.
An absorbing novel about a lighthouse and a Coast Guard crew, with plenty of exciting shipwrecks and rescues, with a measure of romance stirred in. This title was originally published by D. Appleton & Co. in 1924. 385 pages. Octavo. (I) at end. Bound in a one-piece case of dark-green, vertically-ribbed book cloth with gold reverse-stamps on spine and face. Appleton reprinted five times and these reprints are properly numbered at end. When the plates were sold to A. L. Burt Co., no one bothered to change the printing number, so the Burt reprints erroneously have (6) at end. Burt's first reprint was bound in a one-piece blue-green case with reverse-stamps in gold. Later reprints were bound in gray cloth with the gold.
The original printing by Appleton has a current value of about $4.00. Appleton reprints, which are properly numbered, are worth about $3.00. The Burt reprints are worth about $2.50. A good dust jacket adds 50¢.
A quaint, quiet, thoroughly unbusinesslike, but genuinely lovable maker of toy windmills lives peacefully on Cape Cod until a pretty widow and her daughter move into the cottage next door. Then things happenl Originally published by D. Appleton & Co., in 1918. 382 pages. Octavo. Bound in a three-part case with brick-red cloth spine and yellow-green stamping, and brown paper on the boards, printed in the same yellow-green ink. First printing carries (1) at end. Appleton did nine reprints which have the correct printing numbers. Grosset & Dunlap reprinted and their reprints all carry the number (10), which is incorrect. Grosset reprints are bound in bright blue, almost a sky-blue cloth, in a one-piece case with white stamping.
Approximate current value of the first printing by Appleton is $4.00. Reprints are worth about $3.00. A dust jacket adds about 50¢ to the value.
SILAS BRADFORD'S BOY
Young Silas Bradford, son of an illustrious father of the same name, comes back to his home town on Cape Cod after college and law school. He has high moral principles which keep getting in the way of various things but bring him out on top in the end. First published by D.Appleton & Co., in 1928. 377 pages. Octavo. Bound in a one-piece case of blue book cloth with gold stamping. Number (1) at end. Reprinted by A.L.Burt Co., in a one-piece gray case with orange stamping. Burt reprints incorrectly carry printing number (1) at the end.
The first printing has an approximate value of $4.00. Reprints are worth about $3.00. A good dust jacket adds about 50¢ to the value.
Rosy Took the Queen's Picture.
Emily was born during a storm and old-timers on Cape Cod opined that every important happening in her life would have a storm connected with it. Well, there are plenty of storms and lots of exciting things happen to Emily in this exciting novel. Originally published by D. Appleton-Century Co., in 1937. 278 pages. Octavo. Bound in navy blue book cloth with bright gold stamping. Number (1) at end of first printing.
Value of first printing about $8.00. Reprints $6.00. A good dust jacket adds $1.00 to value.
Life on Cape Cod during the Civil War, where there were many Southern sympathizers, is the background for this story of a young sea captain, crippled and under a cloud of cowardice and neglect of duty, who wins the love of the charming sister of the man in whose death he was supposed to be involved. First published by D.Appleton-Century Co., in 1935. 337 pages. Octavo. Bound in navy-blue book cloth with bright gold stamping. First printing has (1) at end. Reprinted by A.L.Burt Co., in slightly smaller size, and bound in a lighter blue cloth with black stamping-Burt did not bother to change the number of the printing, so their reprint erroneously also has (1) at the end. In May 1943 the book was reprinted by Triangle Books, bound in red book cloth with gray and black stamping in a design quite different from the Appleton and Burt covers. Triangle also failed to change the number at the end, so their reprint also carries the erroneous (1).
The first printing of "Storm Signals" is scarce and has a current value of about $10.00. The reprints are worth about $5.00. A dust jacket in good shape adds from 50$ to $1.00 to the value.
An elderly widow inherits an old house on Cape Cod. The house is locally reputed to be haunted, but the lady doesn't know that. She has a pretty young cousin who comes to live with her and they open a summer boarding house. The ensuing events, both in the realm of mystery and romance, combine to make a gripping story. Published in 1915 by D.Appleton & Co. 383 pages. Octavo. Four illustrations by H.M. Brett. First printing bound in light green book cloth, with white and gold stamping. Reprinted by Grosset & Dunlap.
First printing of this title has an approximate current value of $5.00. The reprints $4.00. A good dust jacket adds 50¢ to the value.
BOOKS BY FREEMAN LINCOLN
Freeman Lincoln was Joseph C. Lincoln's only child. He was a distinguished editor and author in his own right and he co-authored three books with his father. Three books by Freeman Lincoln were published by Coward-McCann in the 1930s. Their titles NOD, REBOUND and SAM. These books are not easy to find and are usually worth about $5.00 to $6.00 when in good condition.
THE WOMAN HATERS
This story, which Joseph C. Lincoln denied was a novel, is, he says, merely a summer farce-comedy or a "yarn". But it is a good one. First published by D. Appleton & Co., in June 1911. 339 pages. Octavo. Lincoln dedicated this book to his son, J. Freeman Lincoln. Four illustrations by Howard Heath and an oval picture affixed to the face by Heath. Bound in a one-piece case of green book cloth with white stamping. Appleton reprinted three times, then sold the plates to A. L. Burt Co., who carried on with reprints but did not change the printing numbers.
The first Appleton printing has a current value of about $4.00. Reprints are worth about $3.00. Good dust jacket adds about 50¢ to the value.
Inside of a Fortnight He Was a Gone Goose.