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Paris: Bibliotheque Artistique; Librairie des Bibliophiles, 1884. Hardcover. Originally published in 1863, this sword play filled novel was later adapted into several films and theatrical versions. Very good in contemporary leather backed marbled paper covered boards with matching marbled end pages. Gilt titles and raised bands to spines. Light rubbing to bands and edges of leather on all volumes. Bumping to edges of front board of volume three. Original wrappers are bound in. Includes several etchings. Clean, tight interiors with occasional spots of foxing. 270 pages; 294 pages; 293 pages. FRE/041409. Very Good.
Leipzig: Insel-Verlag, 1942. Rudolf Koch was a leading German calligrapher, typographic artist and teacher who, in the 1920s, invited Fritz Kredel to join his studio where Kredel perfected the art of making woodcuts. Das Blumenbuch (The Flower Book), originally published in an expanded edition in 1929-30, was the first collaboration between the two artists and was Kredel's first major book commission. This collaboration is regarded by many as their masterpiece. This set of 80 color plates from the original edition display the beauty of the illustrations Koch and Kredel created. This is a variant of the book issued in 1942, with the loose plates in groups of four housed in a cardboard box. The box is only in good condition, with chipping, bumping, and tears. The leather spine label is torn and only Koch's name remains. However, the contents are in very good condition. There are seven pages of text in German in the last gathering. Sheets are 9.25 x 12.25 inches. BOB/041620. Very Good.
Lincoln: Penmaen Press, (1980). First Edition. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY THE TRANSLATOR AND ILLUSTRATOR. Number 75 of 100. First edition. Half green cloth and decorated paper boards with gilt title to spine. Slight yellowing to top edge of boards. Minor foxing to top edge of text block, otherwise fine. Text is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Designed by Michael McCurdy. 62 pages. Private Press. PRI/101216. Near Fine.
London: T. Cadell, W. Davies, and J. Murray, 1816. Hardcover. First edition. From title page: " With descriptions of its monumental structures, and an account of its chapels, altars, shrines, and chantries. Also comprising biographical sketches of the lives of the archbishops and deans of Canterbury; and historical notices of the celebrated Convent of Christchurch; with lists and interesting particulars of its deans, priors, and distinguished monks." This extensive history of this famed cathedral includes twenty beautiful plates of exteriors and interiors that were engraved by Woolnoth from drawings by T. Hastings. Bound in three quarter brown leather with red and and blue marbled paper boards. Leather is scuffed, soiled and paper boards are scuffed and scraped. Interior pages have offsetting from the plates and browning around edges of plates, not affecting images. With book plate of John W. Davis on front pastedown along with a penciled note stating that the book was acquired at a Sotheby's sale of [?} Newman's stock of books August 1877. Folio in very good condition. Very Good.