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(Paris: [M. Darantiere], 1926). 225 x 162 mm. (8 7/8 x 6 3/8"). 58, [1] pp., [2] leaves. ONE OF 100 COPIES.

Publisher's blue-green paper wrappers with color illustration on upper cover. With 11 vignette headpieces and eight tailpiece ornaments by Robert Bonfils, all colored using the pochoir technique. Spine faded, some fading to covers (with areas recolored by a previous owner), slight fraying at spine ends and edges of the fragile binding, otherwise very fine.

This is a charming group of essays by the daughter of a major American collector, covering topics ranging from fathers to dog cemeteries to building private libraries. Tessie Jones (1886-1967) was the eldest child of Herschel V. Jones (1861-1928), who assembled renowned collections of art and rare books. Tessie inherited some choice items from her father, which she bequeathed to the Morgan Library in memory of him. In her essay "On Collecting," she laments the hazards of living with a fanatical collector: no sooner does one settle down to read one book, than it is whisked away to auction, and another put in its place. Painter, engraver, and binding designer Robert Bonfils (1886-1972) illustrated 30 limited editions especially intended for bibliophiles, and was noted above all for his skill as a colorist, which is clearly on display here through the skillful use of the pochoir technique.

Price: $750.00

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