The Yearling - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, N. C. Wyeth (illustrator) 1942 - Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York Somewhere beyond the sink-hole, past the magnolia, under the live oaks, a boy and a yearling ran side by side, and were gone forever.’

A finely bound copy, of Rawlings’ novel about a boy who adopts an orphaned fawn. Exploring the themes of adolescence, family relationships, death, and loneliness. Scribner’s legendary editor, Maxwell Perkins, who was also the editor of Hemingway, F. Scott-Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, had rejected all of Rawlings’ previous projects advising her to actually write about what she knew from her own life, the result was
The Yearling which won Rawlings the 1939 Pulitzer Prize.

Enhanced by twelve full page colour plates by N. C. Wyeth one of America’s finest illustrators.
  ‘Never before has Mrs Rawlings created a set of characters who are so close and real to the reader, whose intimate life one can share without the taint of unconscious patronage.’ – The New York Times.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings [1896-1953] was an American writer, whose native rural Florida provided the setting and themes for many of her novels. Created well before the emergence of the young adult and teen fiction genre,
The Yearling became Rawlings’ most well known work.

Born in Needham, Massachusetts in 1882, N.C. (Newell Convers) Wyeth was one of the most successful illustrators of his time, and the pre-eminent example of the results of Howard Pyle’s illustrative techniques. During his career, Wyeth painted nearly 4,000 illustrations for books and magazines, many of them embracing the American Western theme, and filled with cowboys, Indians, gun fighters and gold miners. He also illustrated many popular children’s stories, including
Tom Sawyer and Treasure Island, establishing visual images of characters that remained in young readers’ minds for generations. Tragically, Wyeth was killed in a car accident at a railroad crossing in 1945. Significant public collections of his work are on display at the Brandywine River Musem, in Chadds Ford, Delaware, Pennsylvania.

References:
National Museum of American Illustration, web. Canby, Life 1944. Geer. SparkNotes.

Large octavo (binding size 23.6x18.2cm), pp. [4] viii [2] 400 [4].
  Elegantly bound in full black morocco, spine lettered ruled and decorated in gilt, top edge gilt others trimmed, marbled endpapers.   Condition: Fine in fine binding   Ref: 110140   Price: HK$ 4,000