East Aurora: Roycroft Press, 1905.
First edition. Exquisitely bound by Roycroft in three-quarter brown levant which has been dyed with black veins to appear as a stylized wood grain, superb elaborately gilt spine, marbled boards and endpapers. The binding has been attributed to Louis Herman Kinder, Roycroft's greatest artisan bookbinder. Interestingly, though McKenna states the limitation for this title is 106 copies, there is no limitation page in this copy, which makes one wonder if this was a special copy for presentation. In the original publisher's felt-lined paper-covered box with printed label. Exquisite color decorated title page, perhaps by Dard Hunter, and truly innovative and attractive initials in pale green, black, and highlighted in gold, throughout, plus a wonderful color colophon, with bold gold highlight. Book is extremely fine, with no signs of use. Box is very good with a few splits along joints. Extremely desirable Roycroft item, with no other examples located.
Price: $2,500.00 Item #4644