London: Aylott & Jones, 1850.
First edition. Magnificent Cobden-Sanderson Doves Binding (with gilt pallet on rear pastedown, "19 C-S 04") bound with exquisite bold gilt tulip and stipple designs at all four corners on both covers and extensive similar design motifs on five panels on the spine, carried over also on both dentelles. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood's seminal and first literary publication, Numbers 1-4, all published, edited by William Michael Rossetti, with contributions by Dante and Christina Rossetti, F. Madox Brown, Thomas Woolner and others. 4 parts, full-page frontispiece etchings for each number by Holman Hunt, James Collinson, F. Madox Brown (double-page) and W. H. Deverell. Original printed wrappers with pasted over printed title "Art and Poetry, Being Thoughts Toward Nature, Conducted principally by Artists" to January and February and the "April, 1850" label pasted to the last number. Binding very slight wear to corners and margins of spine; occasional brown-toning, a near fine example of one of the true rarities in the Pre-Raphaelite pantheon, made much more desirable and rare in this luscious Codden-Sanderson Doves Binding. One of perhaps only a couple of the Germ in a Doves Binding, with design by Cobden-Sanderson. One such, mentioned by William Michael Rossetti in his discussions in a monograph entitled "The Germ, 1850" which accompanied a facsimile publication of same, by Elliot Stock, in 1901. He writes: "One heard of such prices as ten shilling for a set of "The Germ," then 2 pounds, 10, 30, etc., and in 1899, a copy handsomely bound by Cobden-Sanderson, was sold in America for 104 pounds. Will that high-water mark ever be exceeded? For the sake of common-sense, let us hope not." Indeed, our copy bound by Cobden-Sanders, appears in the Maggs Bros. "Book Bindings" Catalog (No. 407) in 1921, Item #257, with a full-page photograph and the description, "Bound by Cobden-Sanderson at the Doves Bindery and priced at 78 pounds. Housed in attractive half brown morocco folding case with gilt lettering on spine.
Price: $27,500.00 Item #2595