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Paris: [imprimÈ par D. Jouaust] Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1892.
Exquisitely bound by Zaehnsdorf in 1895 (signed and dated in gilt on the front turn-in and with the blind stamp on rear doublure) in brown goatskin, the covers lavishly tooled in gilt an all-over "fanfare" design of variously shaped compartment filled with leafy stems, small dots and stars. The spine divided into six panels with gilt compartments with similar motifs. Superb he turn-ins with a gilt fillet, dog-tooth roll and leaves, red silk doublues and endleaves, gilt edges. A fine copy of a most pleasing Zaehnsdorf binding in the 'fanfare' style. Inscribed in ink on the front fly-leaf "Christmas 1895" and "Il est plus necessaire d'Ètudier les hommes que les livres - p.183". With the booklabel of Taplow Court on the rear endleaf, with pencil shelf-marks "11-B-1".Taplow Court in Buckinghamshire was bought by the Grenfell family in 1852 and became home to William Grenfell. The house became a centre for the "Souls", the aristocratic clique incorporating A.J. Balfour, George Curzon and various Wyndhams, Charterises, Tennants, Custs and Windsors. Other visitors included Henry Irving, Vita Sackville-West, H.G. Wells, Edith Warton and Oscar Wilde.
Price: $3,500.00 Item #1992