London: David Nutt, 1894.
First Edition. Large quarto. Striking ornately gilt binding on blue crushed morocco by the Guild of Women Binders with all-over stylized dragon design on both covers and spine consisting of mirror image dragons facing each other, heavily blocked with nailhead patterning and extremely metaphorical interpretation of this classic Fairy Tales work by Joseph Jacobs. Wide gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. The bookbinder imprint appears printed on lower left verso of front free fly: "Guild of Women--Binders," as is commonly the case. Number 123 of only 160 copies, printed on Japanese vellum. 8 plates (each in 2 states) and numerous illustrations and ornaments by John D. Batten, bookplate of Mary Landon Baker (1901-1961), a rich American socialite and heiress famous for her romantic life which was covered in newspapers worldwide including her relationship with Allister McCormick, whom she repeatedly left at the altar in the early 1920's. Spine a little darkened, very slight hinge reinforcement. Quite an unusual and impressive Guild binding.
Price: $4,250.00 Item #6323