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Paris: Carrington, 1898. No. 4 OF FIVE COPIES on Japon with plates in three states. First Edition in French. 254 x 178 mm. (10 x 7"). x, 264 pp., plus four leaves at the end comprising a prospectus for this work, including specimen pages. No. 4 OF FIVE COPIES on Japon with plates in three states. First Edition in French. A REMARKABLY ATTRACTIVE CONTEMPORARY SCULPTED CALF BINDING (signed at lower right corner of upper cover with the monogram "N R" and with the same monogram on shield at center), BOTH COVERS WITH LARGE CARVED-OUT PANEL FILLED WITH VERY ELABORATE AND ANIMATED TANGLE OF SCULPTED ACANTHUS LEAVES AND FLOWERS, spine similarly sculpted in compartments bearing three flowers (77 carved flowers in all), the carved-out portions with thousands of tiny dots in blind (giving a sense of pointillé decoration but without the gilt), upper cover with escutcheon at center, smooth calf spine, labels titled in blind, very unusual endleaves of thick vellum containing large field of lozenges with rows of double crosses and fleurs-de-lys. Original wrappers (with cover title at front and imprint leaf at back) bound in. Slipcase.Frontispiece, title vignette, vignette headpiece and tailpiece, and three plates, all drawn and etched by Adolphe Lalauze, each of the engravings in three states (headpiece and one plate appearing again in the bound-in prospectus). Title in red and black. Carteret V, 67. Very minor chafing to leather at spine ends and corners, original bound-in cover title a bit browned and foxed, but A VERY FINE COPY OF A LUXURY EDITION IN AN EXTRAORDINARILY APPEALING … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts [United States]
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