Item #6441 [Binding, Fine- Adam's Bindery, One of Only 15 Copies, "Reserved for Special Illustration] Bibliography Relating to the Works Hand Illustrated by David Edward Cronin
[Binding, Fine- Adam's Bindery, One of Only 15 Copies, "Reserved for Special Illustration] Bibliography Relating to the Works Hand Illustrated by David Edward Cronin
[Binding, Fine- Adam's Bindery, One of Only 15 Copies, "Reserved for Special Illustration] Bibliography Relating to the Works Hand Illustrated by David Edward Cronin
[Binding, Fine- Adam's Bindery, One of Only 15 Copies, "Reserved for Special Illustration] Bibliography Relating to the Works Hand Illustrated by David Edward Cronin
[Binding, Fine- Adam's Bindery, One of Only 15 Copies, "Reserved for Special Illustration] Bibliography Relating to the Works Hand Illustrated by David Edward Cronin
[Binding, Fine- Adam's Bindery, One of Only 15 Copies, "Reserved for Special Illustration] Bibliography Relating to the Works Hand Illustrated by David Edward Cronin
[Binding, Fine- Adam's Bindery, One of Only 15 Copies, "Reserved for Special Illustration] Bibliography Relating to the Works Hand Illustrated by David Edward Cronin
[Binding, Fine- Adam's Bindery, One of Only 15 Copies, "Reserved for Special Illustration] Bibliography Relating to the Works Hand Illustrated by David Edward Cronin
[Binding, Fine- Adam's Bindery, One of Only 15 Copies, "Reserved for Special Illustration] Bibliography Relating to the Works Hand Illustrated by David Edward Cronin
[Binding, Fine- Adam's Bindery, One of Only 15 Copies, "Reserved for Special Illustration] Bibliography Relating to the Works Hand Illustrated by David Edward Cronin

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[Binding, Fine- Adam's Bindery, One of Only 15 Copies, "Reserved for Special Illustration] Bibliography Relating to the Works Hand Illustrated by David Edward Cronin

Philadelphia: Campion & Company, 1903.

Large quarto, 11 1/4 x 9 inches. Limited to 48 copies total, of which 15 were reserved for "special illustration" by Cronin--this being one of those 15 copies. Beautifully bound in full crimson crushed morocco by the Adams Bindery, with gilt rules to the covers and a triangular design to each corner, featuring three floral gilt stamps surrounded by gilt pointillÈ. Five raised bands to spine with title to second compartment and gouge & fleuron design to remaining compartments. Wide crimson turn-ins with fleurons at corners and sides, and full olive green morocco doublures. Maroon watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut. Frontispiece photogravure portrait of Cronin, and Extra illustrated with 25 original illustrations by Cronin, drawn or painted by hand in the margins, consisting of drawings with pen and ink, in blue wash, and in watercolors. In addition, a three-page autograph letter signed by Cronin addressed to the subscriber of this volume (Mrs. S.J. Sorg of Middletown, Ohio), describing each illustration and its placement within the volume, has been window mounted and bound in at the front. As noted in Cronin's letter, the original drawings included in this volume--a bibliography of the seventy-five books that Cronin illustrated in this manner during his career--are all direct references to the volumes he illustrated. One of the pen-and-ink drawings is a fine portrait of Mrs. Sorg, drawn next to a mention of her name as the owner of one of the works described in the bibliographic catalogue. During the Civil War, David Edward Cronin (1839-1925) served successively as private, captain and brevet major in the First New York Mounted Rifles, also working as a staff artist for Harper's Weekly under the pseudonym Seth Eyland. From the period of 1879-1903, he devoted himself to the extra illustration of books, and is noted by several period works as the foremost American artist involved in this craft. Fine condition.

Price: $4,750.00   Item #6441