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London: James Parker and Co., 1904.
First edition. Sumptuously bound by Zahensdorf in 1904, signed with gilt bookbinder's pallete on lower front dentelle: "Bound by Zaehnsdorf 1904," and further with the Zaehnsdorf "Exhibition" seal stamped into the lower portion of the rear silk pastedown. A magnificent period binding by Zaehnsdorf in rich full dark blue crushed morocco with very elaborate stippled gilt pattern forming a weaving and swirling pattern on all four corners and extending well towards the center of the covers, with two crown devices pointing in at each corner, and with four stylized clover motifs inlaid in red morocco at each corner. Five raised bands with four heavily gilt and two left for lettering, side edges gilt, attractive gilt stipple design is carried onto dentelles, rich blue silk endsheets and pastedowns. Top edges gilt, others uncut. Extremely fine with no signs of any wear. A remarkable survival and extremely interesting pairing of binding and book: Bain was an oddball history professor who wrote a number of allegorical books (similar to this one) in which he claimed to have been the translator, but after most had been published, it finally became clear he was not the translator, but actually the author.
Price: $2,250.00 Item #2000