Chicago: Caxton Club, 1896.
Attractively bound The Club Bindery for James William Ellsworth, prominent industrialist and president of the Caxton Club. One of only 3 copies, printed on Japan vellum. Superbly bound in full tan morocco by the Club Bindery in 1898, with gilt binder's pallet on front dentelle: ìFor James W. Ellsworth, 1898, For James W. Ellsworth," who was for a time the president of the Caxton Club. The binding features and ornate spine gilt stamped design motif on five of six panels, covers with single gilt fillet rule, and wide gilt-decorated dentelles. With Ellsworthís bookplate on front pastedown. Measures approx. 6.25î x 9.25." Light rubbing to edges and spots to covers; and small closed cracks (approx. 1.5") to the top and bottom of the front hinge, but still quite sound. ìOf the three copies on Japanese vellum, one was reserved for the Club archives, and two were sold at auction at the annual meeting in February 1897 to James W. Ellsworth and George S. Payson for fifty and forty-five dollars, respectively. (The practice of printing and auctioning unbound vellum copies was discontinued after 1917.îìWright Howes, eminent authority on Americana, called [Joutelís JournalÖ] The ëmost reliable eyewitness account of LaSalleís two-years wanderings in Texas. The map, based on LaSalleís Mississippi explorations, was the first accurate delineation of that riveríî (Piehl).A reprint (page for page and line for line) of the first English translation, London, 1714; with the Map of the original French edition Paris, 1713, in facsimile; and Notes by Melville B. Anderson.ì Fold-out map bound in opposite the original title page. Fine.
Price: $1,750.00 Item #4772