Darrow, Clarence [1857-1938]. A Persian Pearl And Other Essays. East Aurora, NY: the Roycrofters, 1899. [viii], 9-175 pp. Original quarter reversed calf over paper boards, gilt title to front board, calf lettering piece to spine. Light soiling and a few minor stains, moderate rubbing to extremities, hinges cracked, fading to rear board, bookplate of Cecil B. DeMille to front pastedown. Title page and text printed in red and black, light toning to interior. $750. * First edition, limited to 980 copies, this number 121. A Persian Pearl was Darrow's first book. It consists of five essays. "A Persian Pearl" is an appreciation of Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat. The other essays discuss Walt Whitman, Robert Burns, realism in literature and art and the importance of accepting past mistakes without fear or shame. One of the great film directors of the twentieth century, DeMille was also an avid book collector. His vast library included several rare books on history, costumes and architecture. His striking bookplate, which features a rising phoenix, was designed by Paul Iribe [1883-1935], a distinguished French illustrator and designer who worked in Hollywood during the 1920s. Hunsberger, Clarence Darrow: A Bibliography 18.
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