London: Henry Piazza et Cie, for the Fine Art Society, 1905.
First edition. 4to. Original full dark green morocco binding by W. H. Smith Bindery, under the directiion of Douglas Cockerell, gilt lettering on cover and spine, raised bands, gilt borders. IN THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S DARK GREEN CLOTH-COVERED DROP-SIDE WOODEN BOX WITH METAL CLASP, CREAM VELVET INTERIOR. 38 exquisite and celebrated coloured plates (roundels) by Edward Burne-Jones. Text and captions in red and green. Limited Editiion, this Copy #94 (written in manuscript and signed by the publisher). One of only 300 copies printed. Produced by Piazza, the esteemed publisher of the famed "L'Estampe Moderne." Burne-Jones' memorable images for this book were painted at a seaside home in Rottingdean, Sussex which had wonderful and expansive gardens. Based on Arthurian legends and folklore, the illustrations form a kind of double-entendre, with the plant name forming the inspiration for the artwork. The color process for the book was innovative and highly effective, involving a process similar to collotype, but appearing similar to pochoir. Book is in fine condition, with no signs of wear or use. The box has very minor wear, near fine, to fine. A copy, in this impeccable condition and in the original box is highly desirable and most scarce.
Price: $15,000.00 Item #4229