London: Hacon & Ricketts, The Vale Press, 1897.
First edition. Beautifully and distinctively bound in full navy blue crushed morocco with russet heart onlays and beige stylized swirling leaf motifs on front cover, also extending with hearts and single flowing gilt ruling on back cover. Attractive and wide inner dentelles with same inlaid hearts, gilt repeating heart designs, full silk moire doublures and free (unhinged) silk sheets as protecting units opposite inner boards. Printed in red and black including a large decorative initial and florets throughout, by Charles Ricketts. A pleasing and certainly wholly Arts & Crafts binding to match the Vale Press book. Slight separation along front inner hinge (about 1 inch), some rubbing to joints, corners, overall a very good copy of a splendid binding indeed.
Price: $2,850.00 Item #4477