(London: Hand and Flower Press, 1949). 260 x 203 mm. (10 1/4 x 8"). 6 p.l., 13-90 pp, [4] leaves, including two blanks at either end. FIRST EDITION. ONE OF 260 COPIES, this copy not numbered.

REFINED TAN MOROCCO BY DENISE LUBETT (her cipher pasted in at bottom of rear pastedown), FRONT COVER WITH GRACEFUL RISING PLANT, ITS STEM AND LEAVES FORMED BY ONLAYS IN VARIOUS SHADES OF GREEN, rear cover with the same design outlined in gilt, green endpapers, top edge gilt, other edges gilded on the rough. In a fine felt-lined green morocco-backed folding cloth box, gilt titling on spine. Etched title, and 20 etched plates of plants by Betty Shaw-Lawrence, each signed in pencil by the illustrator. A virtually mint copy in an appropriate and winning binding.

The rich greens seen on this binding are characteristic of the bindings of Denise Lubett, whose books generally employ brightly colored onlays in bold and modern patterns. Born in Paris in 1922, Lubett studied bookbinding under John Corderoy at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts and at the London College of Printing. She set up her own binderies in England and France in 1966. In 1971, she was elected to membership in the exclusive society of Designer Bookbinders. Three of her bindings are pictured in the catalogue for the exhibition on "Modern British Bookbinding" held at Brussels and The Hague in 1985. The present binding, less abstract and more restrained than most of her work, is absolutely right for this attractively illustrated and well-made private press book about common herbs.