London: Hacon & Ricketts, The Vale Press, 1898.
First edition. A stunning and masterfully ornate two-volume Exhibition binding by Zaehnsdorf in full green morocco consisting of all-over delicate gilt-stamped grape vine, stem, leaf design on front covers and spine, with nearly all of the negative space filled in with gilt dots. Left in the center of each volume, is a long rectangular space in the center, free of any gilt work, except for two filet borders. Side edges with single gilt rule. Gorgeous green silk paste downs and matching free fly sheets, attractive gilt flowing leaf design on dentelles. Signed by Zaehnsdorf in gilt pallet on front lower dentelle, with Zaehnsdorf Exhibition seal stamped into rear lower pastedown. One of the scarcer Vale Press titles, lavishly decorated with double-page illustrated title pages, decorative initials throughout, all by Charles Ricketts. A truly fine set with no signs of wear to hinges or corners, spines uniformly sunned, as nearly always seen with this shade and color of morocco leather for the period.
Price: $5,200.00 Item #4478