(Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates & Co., 1904). 206 x 130 mm. (8 1/8 x 5 1/8"). viii, 519,  pp. FIRST EDITION.
Publisher's scarlet cloth, upper cover handsomely stamped in gilt with the framed image of a lion pierced with a spike, behind it three gilt flowers with long stems on a pointillé ground, corners each with a gilt rose tool, smooth spine with gilt lettering and framed flower on a pointillé ground, top edge gilt. With the original matching scarlet cloth dust jacket and slipcase (the latter somewhat worn and with cloth backstrip lost). With 25 photogravure plates. Front free endpaper with ink inscription of Ida M. G. Sawtelle (?) / Christmas 1904. Lower corner of rear board just barely bumped, edges of text block slightly toned and with three tiny water spots, less than a handful of negligible smudges to contents, otherwise in fine condition.
In a beautiful publisher's binding that appears almost as new, this work captures the old-world charm of Switzerland and the Rhine Valley with 25 photogravures depicting its bucolic countryside and sights of interest. Though unsigned, the binding was likely the product of the Decorative Designers, a New York City based firm that specialized in designs for cloth, jackets, illustrations, and advertising, active between 1895-1932. The original dust jacket and slipcase have done their job well, preserving this attractive specimen in especially fine condition. (ST15073)
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PJP Catalog: RCVF20.009