London: Constable & Co., 1909.
First Thus. Large, thick quarto. Exquisitely bound by Joseph Zuffant, the most dedicated employee in Monastery Hill Binderyís history, a prodigy of Jane Addams Hull-House who placed him as a book binder at Monastery Hill in 1925. Zuffant, termed a "world class bookbinder," by Monastery Hill, personally bound books for the likes of Bruce Rogers, Charles Deering, Marshall Field, Carl Sandburg, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Bound in full maroon crushed morocco with innovative cover stamped in rectangular and circular gilt stamped ruled design, including lettering and a central onlaid circular black central design element nearly two inches in diameter, on both covers. Spine with raised bands and carrying through with the same design elements in gilt line as well as four smaller central black circles, side edges of boards with gilt stamped ruling and top and bottom of spine with cross-hatching gilt design motif. Stunning crimson silk mauve doublures and pastedowns. Signed in front, "Monastery Hill-Chicago" on the dentelle, and "Zuffant," on the rear dentelle. aThis very binding is pictured opposite page 58 in Edward Hertzberg's work, "Forty-four Years as a Bookbinder," published by Monastery Hill in 1922. Exquisitely illustrated book, featuring 40 superb tipped-in full color plates with lettered tissue guards, black and white illustrations throughout, all by Arthur Rackham. Bindings by Zuffant are quite scarce, and certainly this production among the finest to be found. Fine, without fault.
Price: $8,500.00 Item #4439