(London: E. Moxon & Co., 1865). 216 x 178 mm. (8 1/2 x 7"). 6 p.l., [xi]-xii, 111 pp. FIRST EDITION.
VERY FINE RUSSET CRUSHED MOROCCO BY THE DOVES BINDERY (signed and dated 1914 on rear turn-in), covers with simple gilt fillet border and a large central three-line rectangular panel enclosing an oval formed by two leafy sprays, the rectangle entwined with a three-line strapwork lozenge that twists to overlap itself near the top and bottom, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with concentric line panels, gilt ruled turn-ins, all edges gilt and with stippled gauffering. In a fleece-lined matching cloth slipcase with morocco lip. Front pastedown with engraved armorial bookplate of the Apley Library. For the binding: Tidcombe 778. Spine faintly and evenly sunned to a pleasing tan, but IN ESPECIALLY FINE CONDITION inside and out, the leaves fresh and clean, with ample margins, and the binding lustrous and unworn.
Adorning the first printing of Swinburne's drama based on the Greek myth of Atalanta killing the wild boar of Calydon, the present volume is one of only a few done by the Doves Bindery after 1909 that is not a product of the Doves Press. It seems to be identical to Tidcombe 770, a binding done for the Doves Press "Julius Caesar" and given a full-page picture (on p. 403) in her bibliography of the Doves Bindery. Doves Press co-founder T. J. Cobden-Sanderson was first a bookbinder, binding (by Tidcombe's count) some 167 books between July of 1884 and March of 1893. After that nine-year career--during which he did nothing less than change the course of bookbinding in England--he opened the celebrated Doves Bindery on 20 March 1893. Although from that day forward he no longer bound books with his own hands, he was nevertheless responsible for all of the designs used by the Doves Bindery, right up to his death in 1922 at age 82. The staff to whom he entrusted the execution of the bindery's work included Charles Wilkinson, forwarder; Charles McLeish, finisher; Bessie Hooley, sewer; and Douglas Cockerell, apprentice. The present example of their work is in every way typical of the bindery's handsome designs, highest quality materials, and consummate workmanship. (ST17129-025)