The Stories of O. Henry - Signed by John Groth - O. Henry (Pseud. William Sydney Porter), John Groth (Illustrator) 1965 - The Limited Editions Club, New York - First edition illustrated by Groth, number 199 of 1, 500 copies An elegantly bound selection of the best 40 short stories by William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), including ‘The Gift of the Magi’, chosen and introduced by Harry Hansen.

The first edition to be illustrated by artist John Groth (1908-88), and signed by him. One of the most accomplished and best known American illustrators, Groth was the first Art Director for
Esquire magazine, and as a War correspondent for The Chicago Sun, covered the liberation of Paris after riding on the first jeep to enter the city.

Containing eleven coloured plates (five double page), and numerous brown line drawing vignettes throughout.
  Small quarto (binding size 28.5x19.5cm), pp. [2] xiv [2] 366 [6].   Finely bound in half navy morocco over matching cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, top edge gilt, others trimmed, marbled endpapers.   Condition: Fine in near fine binding with a hint of rubbing to along the cloth edges.   Ref: 110141   Price: HK$ 2,500