London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1900.
First edition thus. Superbly bound by Miss M. Marshall and Edith J. Gedye in full tan polished calf with all-over stylized gilt vine and blossom pattern surrounded by concentric rectangular gilt ruling and stippled solid spheres on both covers, five raised bands with gilt decorated panels on spine, wide gilt dentelles. Miss Marshall was a binder at 5 Bloomsbury Square where Sangorski and Sutcliffe had their first bindery in the early 1900's and worked collaboratively with Edith J. Gedye early on in their careers. They exhibited their bindings in 1903 and 1906 at A&CES Exhibitions and were active selling their work through 1907 (see Tidcombe). As well, Gedye went on to produce excellent quality bindings up to 1920. With their collaborative monogram "M. & G., 1903," in gilt on rear dentelle. A wonderful Arts & Crafts feeling to this binding, and a very early date on the binding, one of their first collaborations. Near fine.
Price: $2,500.00 Item #3396