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Binding, Fine- Stopes, Winifred] Selected Poems - Thompson, Francis - 1909. 
Methuen & Co., London 1909 - Superbly bound by Winifred Stopes in full crimson crushed morocco with magnificent center gilt four-part flower motif in gold which highlights and offsets a gilt tooled leaf and stem design, very innovative. Spine with five raised bands, gilt lettering, dentelles with double gilt ruled lines, Signed in rear dentelle in gilt: "19 - W. STOPES - 00." An extremely early binding by Stopes, if not one of the earliest known. Stopes became a pupil of Ethel Taunton in about 1903 and exhibited in many of the top shows of the period, including "The Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society," first appearing in 1906. From "The Public Lives of Charlotte and Marie Stopes," by Stephanie Green: "Winnie had finished her training as a bookbinder  and operated a little business from home at this time, producing neatly bound volumes often commissioned by [by her sister's] friends. A most scarce and historically important binding. A superb, fine copy, with only the faintest wear on cover gilt blocking, an unavoidable circumstance.
[Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books]
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