London: Macmillan & Co., 1893.
A truly stunning binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, in full rich crushed dark green levant morocco with onlaid tan borders and leaves, onlaid red blossoms and fruit, bold gilt repeating vine pattern, numerous flying birds all over on covers, and varying motifs on both covers. The front cover featuring two bell designs, a dog and a wolf at the corners with exquisite central leaf and blossom pattern; rear cover similar, but with crossing rifles and pipes at corners, and the central design with onlaid petals in violet and differing design. The spine with four superb heavily gilt and onlaid patterning. All edges gilt and gauffered with double jagged edge motif. Exquisite full violet pigskin doublures with concentric filet ruled lines and stippling, violet mauve silk free endsheets, themselves with attractive gilt stippled pattern. FINE CONDITION. Stunningly well-preserved with virtually no signs of wear apart from extremely minor rubbing to very small area on upper spine. Laid in is fascinating typewritten description on printed Sangorski & Sutcliffe stationary, with unfilled date: "191--" Book is in fine condition, a rare and stunning example of one of the finest bookbinders of the 19th Century, with all the appeal and balance commensurate with the firm. Housed in a wonderful handmade folding cloth clamshell box with felt interior and gilt brown crushed morocco label on spine, by Sean E. Richards.
Price: $11,000.00 Item #4360