[Russell, R. H.- ONLY ONE COPY PRINTED- Bound by MacDonald] Margherita
New York: R. H. Russell, 1899.
First Edition. Full dark green crushed morocco with central double-gilt circular border with "Jean" inside. Printed as a usual R. H. Russell title (on laid paper), but ONLY ONE COPY ISSUED. Appearing on its own page (following the title page): NOTE. This book has been especially printed for JEAN IRVINE STRUTHERS and the edition is strictly limited to this one copy, after printing which the type has been distributed. August 24, 1899." "Margherita" appears in gilt at top left, and also on spine (five raised bands), with "Russell" at base of spine. Decorated endpapers each (i.e. all four) with bookplate design in the pastedown sheet, "Jean Struther. Her Book. Green bordered title page with vignette R. H. Russell monogram, in green. R. H. Russell Publishers, founded by Robert Howard Russell, author and publisher, began publishing in New York City in 1890 and soon became friends with many of the authors and book designers of the period, providing books for several decades to such luminaries as L. Frank Baum, Frederic Remington, C.D. Gibson, William Nicholson, Maxfield Parrish, and many popular books, especially of the 1890's. A very historically impressive finding, this book unique in every way. Spine sunned, margins of spine with some wear, very good.
Price: $1,750.00 Item #6131