London: Jarrolds Publishers, 1925.
First edition. Thick quarto. Original white cloth with bold gilt-blocked and stamped Art Deco design by T. Sturge Moore on front cover and spine. Limited to 500 Signed (H.P.R. Finberg, publisher), No. 74. Preface by William Butler Yeats. Cover design, exquisite illustrations and decorations throughout by T. Sturge Moore. One of the more impressive gilt stamped bindings of the period, and seldom seen in fine condition. With fabulous letter by Moore laid in, in part: "My dear Salter [F. S. Salter], At last I am able to post you the copy of Axel I promised you at Christmas, and that it is not in an undamaged case is only the last and least of the wrongs it has received at other hands than mine. Still, I hope you will find it interesting and overlook its defects for many of which I am not responsible, and see it through whatever part of it may strike you as most worthy..." "I and Marie only [will' come up on Wednesday starting for France... have time to see the friends we would wish to..." "dan is at Cambridge and seems depressed by fining economics a study quite alien to his inclinations, if he can pass his Mays well I hope he will be able to start another ...." "Hoping that your little boys flourish and that Mrs. Salter and yourself are both well and not overworked... " Etc. T J. Taylor, in "The Art Nouveau Book in Britain," (1980) has the following quote by T. Sturge Moore concerning the cover design: "The minor decorations are symbols: for the 'uncreated light', an unfigured circle; for the great renunciation, a crucifix; for heaven-reflecting life, a rose." Very good.
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