Philadelphia: Privately Printed by Violet Oakely, 1932.
Advance Proof Copy. Bound (i.e. not folding boards as in trade edition) in full aquamarine blue crushed leather with blindstamped designs and bold gilt lettering and vignettes on cover. Glossy gold endsheets. The scarce Advance Proof Issue, Signed by Violet Oakley and printed in pencil, "proof copy," just below her signature. A further presentation inscription by Oakley appears below this in calligraphy, "presented/ to/ Austin Brown/ by/ the Author." Contains all of the printed text and the 71 full color and tinted collotype plates as the trade edition, but all bound-in (as issued), versus free in folders. Also, as issued, the proof copy does not contain the colophon giving credits for printing, binding, etc. Edges untrimmed. Bound by Alfred Smith Company, Philadelphia. Cover shows some minor edgewear, else a thoroughly pristine copy internally. Proof copies for this book are exceedingly scarce.
Price: $2,500.00 Item #1236