(Portland, Maine: Thomas B. Mosher, 1909). 142 x 72 mm. (5 1/2 x 2 1/2"). xxv, [i], 74,  pp.Translated by Andrew Lang. Third Edition. First Mosher Edition.
CHARMING DARK RED MOROCCO, GILT, BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE (stamp-signed on front turn-in), cover with double-ruled border enclosing rows of alternating heart and quatrefoil ornaments, raised bands, spine compartments with heart centerpiece, gilt-ruled turn-ins, top edge gilt. Rear endpaper with congratulatory ink inscription dated 1923. A breath of rubbing to joints and corners, otherwise A VERY FINE COPY, clean, fresh, and bright in a glistening binding with no significant signs of wear.
In a binding appropriately covered with hearts and crosses, this Medieval tale of love between a Christian knight and a Saracen maiden appears here in anattractively printed American edition. Blumenthal says that Thomas Bird Mosher (1852-1923) "is the first American to have established and sustained a program . . . of splendid literary output in consistently felicitous typographic form." The books he produced between 1891 and 1923 "were bought by thousands of literate men and women whose pleasure in reading was enhanced by fine paper, good workmanship, and an unassuming and quiet typographic elegance." A. Edward Newton said that Mosher "has produced not a few, but hundreds of books which are as nearly faultless as books can be." Mosher was also a flagrant pirate of the work of European (especially British) authors unprotected by copyright laws, though a number of his victims were grateful for the exposure to American audiences that his editions created. Our publisher notes at the beginning of this work that it is a reprint of a work first issued in England in 1887, "now offered, in response to many and repeated demands, at such a price as will make it accessible to all." (ST14082)
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