East Aurora: Roycroft Press, 1905.
First edition. Bound in exquisite Roycroft full calf modeled binding, one of only 50 copies so bound, in the Roycroft Bindery shop. Front cover with wonderful deep modeled textured bed with stylized vine and leaf design left in relief. There is a central panel with windmill design and lettering giving the title. Spine with five raised bands, ornaments and lettering giving title and author. Thick leather dentelles with blindstamped ruling and heart motifs at corners. A wonderful example of the modeled leather (calf) binding by the Roycroft binders which appeared infrequently on a few select titles, in very small editions. The process involves cutting, molding and hammering the leather to raise a the design, or a part of the design, in relief. The process dates back to 7th or 8th Century examples, and circa 10th Century Coptic bindings, but not taken up again until late 19th Century British bookbinding. Printed in three colors on Holland handmade paper with Roycroft watermark. Title page and initials designed by Dard Hunter. One of the prettier books of the press. Near fine copy with very small 'start' at top of inside margin of spine. Exceedingly scarce. No copies located.
Price: $2,500.00 Item #4633