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An Island Garden
London: Osgood, McIlvane, 1894. First English edition. gilt-decorated white cloth, top edges gilt. Spine and foredges slightly browned, very minor foxing of rear spine channel, otherwise fine. Octavo. [i-ii], [i-x], (1) - 126 Illustrated with pictures and illuminations in colour by Childe Hassam. Title page in green pink and yellow One of fifty-five copies. A notable rarity Celia Thaxter?s lyrical classic of her delightful garden on Appledore, one of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New England. From the decorative vellum-like binding to the moiré style endpapers to the generous typography to the illustrations and the inserted full page chromolithographic plates protected by printed tissue guards, this is probably as charming a production as any book in the collection. ?One of the most elaborate pieces of bookmaking of the period? (BAL). This copy, printed by the Riverside Press, is one of those fifty-five copies that were bound with English imprint on May 4, 1894. The binding was designed by Sarah Wyman Whitman and is one of the most elaborate pieces of bookmaking of the period. The cost of the expensively made book probably contributed to the first edition?s small print run of barely 1,000 copies. Basically a poet, Thaxter died shortly after the publication of this, her only book on gardening. With: a copy of 1988 facsimile edition by Houghton Mifflin, boxed as issued[BAL 19923. DAB. NAW].
      [Bookseller: Randall House Rare Books]
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