(New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, ). 235 x 157 mm. (9 1/4 x 6 1/4"). Two volumes. FIRST EDITION.
PLEASING CRIMSON CRUSHED MOROCCO, ELABORATELY GILT, BY STIKEMAN & CO. (stamp-signed on rear turn-in), covers gilt in a Grolieresque design, raised bands, spines gilt in compartments with a stylized azured floral spray. With 16 photogravure portrait plates. Light wear to joints, occasional minor foxing, otherwise a fine set, internally clean and bright, and in lustrous bindings.
During the period from the retirement of William Matthews to the establishment of the Club Bindery, there was no better binder in America than Henry Stikeman, who exhibited "extraordinary skill . . . in design, inlaying, and tooling." (Maser Collection) Stikeman's firm did high-end publisher's bindings as "bread and butter" work, and luxurious gilt-tooled bindings for collectors. Ethel Florence Richardson (1870–1946), who wrote under the pen name of Henry Handel Richardson was an Australian novelist, short story writer, and diarist whose writing did not attract notice until she was in her 60s, but then she gained considerable acclaim, being nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932. The present set is an historical account of the dukes of the great Howard family, the first volume being titled "Norfolk Line 957-1646" and the second "Suffolk Line 1603-1917." (ST13162)
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PJP Catalog: ELIST11.032