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(REED, Ethel, illus.) SMITH, Gertrude.
The Arabella and Araminta Stories
Boston: [by John Wilson and Son, Cambridge, for] The Yellow Hair Library, Copeland and Day,, 1895. With an Introduction by Mary E Wilkins Embellished with XV Illustrative designs by Ethel Reed and Explanatory Notes by the Author of the book. Folio (439 × 298 mm). Publisher's floral cloth-covered boards, blue morocco backstrip lettered and dated in gilt, vellum tips. Housed in a flat backed blue folding case. Front and back endpapers signed by Smith, Reed and Wilkins, pastedowns each with an extra original design (front, a flower; back, a butterfly) by Reed. The endpapers duplicated at the front on bright pink and green paper and at the back on yellow paper. Four titles on four sheets, each slightly different, with printer's devices printed in various colours. 15 plates each printed on six different kinds of paper. Duplicate endpapers at the front slightly creased, backstrip a little rubbed, unobtrusive repair to back joint, a very good copy of this exceptionally rare book. First edition, limited edition large paper copy, one of 15 copies only printed on Royal Japanese paper, containing original extra illustrations on the endpapers by Ethel Reed, in a large-paper folio format much larger than the trade issue (which was done in small quarto), with four different states of the title and the plates printed on six different kinds of paper, signed by all the participants on front and back endpapers, bound in specially imported Javanese muslin. One of the rarest of the Parley to Penrod titles, this book in its deluxe format is the masterpiece of the book artist Ethel Reed (1874–19 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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