London: Macmillan and Co., 1895.
First Thus. Three uniform volumes of similar size, similarly bound by the Doves Bindery, designed by Cobden-Sanderson and bound at his bindery, all signed in rear dentelles, "The Doves Bindery, 18 C-S 97." Exquisite, finely wrought in the most classic Doves Bindery style in wonderful crimson crushed morocco, with five raised bands on spine, and three of the six compartments lavishly gilt-stamped with ornate petal and leaf motif, each volume with lettering in the 2nd and 4th compartment, each with the volume number in the 3rd compartment, and the date, 1895 at the bottom. Both covers with attractive single rectilinear border, containing gilt dots along the inside edge. Gilt ruling on edges of boards. Inner dentelles with classic Doves triple filet borders and floral motifs at each corner. All edges finely gilt. Provenance: direct descent from Leonard Mouteney, through his daughter, then a collector, thence to us. Housed in linen backed felt-lined folders, fitting into exquisite box matching crimson morocco spines stretching over nearly half of boards, gilt lettering to nearly match that of the book. About as fine as one could hope for, certainly a truly representative Doves Binding on this this three-volume Matthew Arnold.
Price: $11,000.00 Item #4438