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Heidi - Spyri, Johanna - 1909. 
The first illustrated edition, in a Royal binding by Riviere with the sovereign crown to the front board, with the Cipher of Princess Mary(only daughter of George V) dated 1909 (later Viscountess Lascelles and later still, Countess of Harewood) to the front pastedown, also with the bookplate and Red Seal Monogram of her eldest son, Viscount Lascelles (b. 1923) to the front endpaper and pastedown, suggesting that he either inherited the book, or perhaps received it as a gift. Princess Mary was born in 1897, so the 1909 date and the Sovereign crown would indicate that this was a present from George V and Queen Mary of Teck during her twelfth year. Full vellum binding, externally with some very minor marks, bumps and rubs, also slight bowing of the boards. The text block, with gilt to all edges, is lightly toned, but free from foxing. An uncommon edition of Heidi, in a beautiful binding with a superb association and provenance.
[Bookseller: J & M Books Ltd]
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