([Haarlem: Printed by Joh. Enschedé en Zonen for] The Pleiad, 1929). 278 x 190 mm. (11 x 7 1/2"). 57,  pp.Designed by Frederic Warde. Translated by Maurice Baring. No. 121 OF 550 COPIES (500 of which were for sale).
TASTEFUL JADE GREEN CRUSHED MOROCCO BY ANNE KAHLE, covers with two parallel vertical gilt rules interrupted near the head by lozenges composed of circle tools in gilt and blind, smooth spine with gilt titling, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. In a fine later clamshell box of marbled paper backed with green buckram, paper label to spine. With 10 lithograph headpieces and two hand-colored plates by Fernand Giauque. ◆Spine gently sunned, light offsetting from color plates, isolated tiny rust spots, but a fine copy, internally fresh and clean, in an unworn binding.
This charming edition of Musset's 1834 comedy about a king's Fool interfering to prevent a disastrous royal marriage was bound with elegant restraint by Bay Area bookbinder Anne Kahle. Trained in England by Arthur Johnson, George Frewin, and William Matthews, Kahle has operated the Capricornus School of Hand Bookbinding and Art Restoration in Berkeley with her husband Theo since 1969, while also producing fine bindings. In addition to teaching and binding, she does restoration work on artwork, maps, and documents on paper. Her bindings are held by a number of fine European and American collections, and were featured at a retrospective exhibition at Mills College Center for the Book. Typographer and book designer Frederic Warde (1894-1939) began his career as a printer with the house of William Edwin Rudge, later supervised the legendary Officina Bodoni, and then did work for several American private presses. The present volume exhibits the charm and freshness characteristic of his work, and is suitably complemented by Kahle's meticulously executed binding. (ST17263-14)