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London: Macmillan and Co., 1894.
First edition thus. Wonderful Art-Nouveau style binding by Johanna Birkenruth, talented London bookbinder who collaborated with Mary G. Houston, and set up shop in South Kensington at the Turn of the Century. Many of her bindings are on impressive works, including one for the famed Kelmscott Chaucer, and have a subtle, unpretentious look. Bound in full pebbled morocco olive morocco (now approaching brown), with her characteristic patterned spaces, broken off almost randomly and set apart with gilt ruling, stippling and leaf/blossom patterning; spine with longitudinal vine and blossom pattern and rear cover with a central blossom, and four sprigs coming off in each direction, similar attractive gilt motif to front and rear dentelles. Birkenruth nearly always signed her bindings with a ink-stamped pallet on a front endpaper (as in this case).Cover color aged to brown as is often the case with certain green dyes, else near fine. A scarce and representative Birkenruth binding.
Price: $1,750.00 Item #3919