(London: Printed at the Chiswick Press for the British Literary Society, ca. 1890). 175 x 108 mm. (6 7/8 x 4 1/4"). 14 works in 24 volumes (from a complete run of 33 works in 77 volumes). No. 5 OF 25 COPIES in each case.
VERY FINE ORIGINAL OLIVE GREEN LEVANT MOROCCO, covers each with a graceful frame of leafy branches bearing a dozen inlaid red and white roses, raised bands, spines gilt in one large and four small compartments, the small compartment at head with an inlaid red flower bud on a gilt sprig, larger compartment with a stem blossoming with one red and one white rose, CRIMSON MOROCCO DOUBLURES enclosed by a gilt floral frame and with an inlaid purple morocco crown at center, crimson watered silk endleaves, top edges gilt, MOST VOLUMES UNOPENED OR LARGELY SO. Each volume in a felt-lined black morocco slipcase. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with 72 hand-colored engravings and 23 ORIGINAL WATERCOLORS signed by N. Brignot, all with tissue guards. Limitations page with the engraved bookplate of Hannah M. Standish. Spines faded (as almost always with green morocco) to a pleasing olive brown (half a dozen spines unevenly sunned), trivial imperfections internally, but IN EXTRAORDINARILY FINE CONDITION, with virtually no signs of use (being almost entirely unopened), and with the animated inlaid bindings lustrous and unworn.
Handsome outside (with their inlaid covers) as well as inside (with their morocco doublures), this is a highly attractive group of poetry volumes that also features a very restricted press run, inserted material (including more than 20 original watercolors), and a distinguished provenance. In addition to poetical works, the volumes contain biographical information on the authors as well as extensive annotations. The set contains works by Samuel Butler (two volumes), Thomas Campbell, Charles Churchill (two volumes), William Collins, William Cowper (three volumes), John Dryden (five volumes), George Herbert, Robert Herrick (two volumes), Sir Walter Raleigh, Samuel Rogers, the Earl of Surrey, Henry Vaughan, Sir Thomas Wyatt, and Edward Young (two volumes). These especially handsome books are in a remarkable state of preservation: all of them open stiffly, and it's clear that in their lifetime, they have been much more cared for than read. Their previous (and very probably original) owner was Hannah M. Standish of Pittsburgh, whose distinguished library was sold on 3 March 1926 at the American Art Association Gallery in New York. (ST12154)
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PJP Catalog: 71.172