London: The Medici Society, 1929.
First edition. A fabulous Arts & Crafts binding by Ethel Taunton, a pupil of Douglas Cockerell, in full dark brown crushed morocco with colorful inlaid hearts in clusters at four corners on both covers, and in all six compartments of spine, a total of 56 inlaid pieces, highlighted by thick gilt-stamped dots and rectilinear geometric borders on both covers and spine, gilt dots on top and bottom of spine, gilt ruling on side edges of boards, wide dentelles with gilt ruling and marbled paper pastedown and free flies. With Taunton's personal gilt signature in rear lower dentelle, "E. Taunton. 1929." After learning her craft from Cockerell, Taunton worked for more than a year in Surrey in the very early 1900's, then returned to London to set up a bookbinding workshop in Kensington, working at first alone, then with Miss G. Wallbrand Evans, trained at the Guild of Women Binders workshop. The two worked on bindings together; it is not known if the present binding is the sole work of Taunton, or in collaboration with Evans. Taunton's bindings are extremely scarce. Very slight wear to joints, near fine.
Price: $2,500.00 Item #4480