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Thoreau, Henry David
[Binding, Fine- Louis Herman Kinder Rare Full Morocco Masterpiece, 50 Copies on Japan Vellum] The Essay on Friendship
East Aurora: Roycroft Press, 1903. First edition thus. First edition thus. 4to. A magnificent example of bookbinding by Louis Herman Kinder, one of the premier bookbinders in American 20th Century book arts history. Full dark blue morocco by Kinder for the Roycroft Shop, with inlaid flowers & leaves in yellow and green within a frame of curvilinear gilt rules surrounded by an inlaid border in dark brown. The rear cover features a simpler variation without floral onlays, spine in six compartments and the Roycroft monogram at the foot of the spine. Moire silk endpapers. Top edge gilt. Limited to 50 copies on Japan vellum, of which this is #18. Illuminated in color and gilt (burnished over time) by Harriet Robarge, typography by Newell White, and presswork by George Parker. The ornaments are designed by Samuel Warner. Elegant full levant bindings by Kinder are extremely rare and sought after. A few spots of light rubbing and small scratches.
Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books [United States]

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