(London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1906). 188 x 120 mm. (6 1/2 x 5"). 2 p.l., 204 pp. The Royal Library Belles Lettres Series.
VERY PRETTY DARK BROWN CRUSHED MOROCCO, GILT, BY ZAEHNSDORF (stamp-signed and dated 1907 on front turn-in), covers with gilt-rule frame and elaborate cornerpieces of floral sprays on a densely stippled ground, raised bands, spine compartments with heavily stippled frame enclosing a lozenge containing a floral spring, gilt titling, turn-ins richly gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. First initial of each poem printed in red. Spine gently (and uniformly) sunned to a lighter shade (as is often the case with brown morocco), but AN ESPECIALLY FINE COPY, PRISTINE INTERNALLY, and in an unworn binding.
Virtually unchanged from the day it left the press, this charming collection of the Bard's sonnets and the songs from his plays comes in a lovely, precisely tooled binding by one of the great English workshops. In his history "The Zaehnsdorfs (1842-1947)," Broomhead points out that "few firms of craft bookbinders . . . can claim an existence of longer than 100 years," and throughout its history, the Zaehnsdorf bindery has continued to produce consistently attractive and innovative designs executed with unfailing skill. The immaculate condition of this volume suggests that it was a treasured gift appreciated for its beauty and never subjected to use. (ST15238)
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PJP Catalog: NY20BF.039