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Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Valuable Life

1897's A Valuable Life by Adeline Sergeant is one of W. W. Denslow's more pictorial efforts for Rand McNally. The front cover shows a woman gazing from a window, but when the book is viewed in its entirety, she seems to be watching a ship burning at sea, with a lifeboat of survivors in the foreground.

There is a copy of this book with an alternative front cover design, a bouquet of lilies, using the same spine and rear cover. I don't know if both covers were put into general publication or not - this is the only copy I've run across!

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