The Mansion







The Mansion

By Henry van Dyke
Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Ilene Books, 2012. Edition of 50.

4.5 x 6.25”; 56 pages. Letterpress printed with photopolymer plates on Biblio paper. Text is Perpetua, titling is Copperplate Light Gothic. Built-in groove half-cloth case, with Japanese bookcloth and Bugra paper. Numbered.

Thomasina Taylor: In a tale similar to A Christmas Carol, the wealthy John Weightman is generous to others, but for the wrong reasons. He is seeking for the praises of men rather than doing the acts in secret. In a vivid vision, John is taken to the Kingdom of Heaven, where he sees many others who lacked in worldly wealth receiving grand mansions. When he is taken to his own heavenly reward, he is disappointed in the lean-to shack. He learns that because he received the praises of men for his good works, there was nothing left with which to build his mansion. In a true story of redemption, Weightman changes his ways and learns the true meaning of charity.


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