|Alexander Wilson Drake|
New York, United States
|Occupation||artist and writer|
Three Midnight Stories is an English-language collection of three of Alexander Wilson Drake's short stories along with several poems brought together and interspersed with many of his engravings, as well as photographic prints of his residence and art collection.
Alexander Wilson Drake (1843–1916) was an American artist, collector and critic, born near Westfield, New Jersey. He studied wood engraving under John W. Orr of New York city, as well as oil and water-color painting. He was in the wood engraving business on his own account in New York city from 1865 to 1870. From 1870 to 1881 he was director of the art department of Scribner's Magazine, and thereafter he held a similar position on the Century and St. Nicholas. In this capacity he did much to aid the development of the new school of wood engraving in America. He organized the Bartholdi loan association which raised the money to build the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. He was also identified with other important art movements in the United States. He was one of the nine men who founded the Grolier Club in New York City, and was elected a member of the Century Association, the Players Club, the Architectural league, the Municipal art league of New York, and the Caxton club of Chicago, Ill.
This printing, the first and only edition, was printed in New York City in 1916.It was produced as a memorial by Drake's employer, The Century Company. A print run of a total of 500 hand-numbered copies was produced and distributed to family and friends. The book is 88 pages (including dividers) with over 30 illustrations; a mix of photographs and engravings. Books were hard-bound, with paper jacket, boxed. Box had title slip gummed on front with copy number hand-written below the title. Box and book were hand-numbered to match.
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