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THE DOOR IN THE WALL AND OTHER STORIES ... ILLUSTRATED WITH PHOTOGRAVURES BY ALVIN LANGDON COBURN
London: Grant Richards 1911. London: Grant Richards, [1911].. Small folio. Cloth backed boards, elaborately lettered in gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed, printed spine label. Frontis and nine tipped-in photogravure plates. One end of spine label chipped, costing final 'L', boards a bit hand smudged, with a few small nicks at edges; usual mild offset from plates to facing pages, tiny surface abrasion to extreme margin (not image) of frontis, small spot of ink offset in margin of title, otherwise fresh and crisp, with the plates in fine state. First edition in this format, the very scarce British issue. From a total edition of six hundred copies printed on French handmade paper by Bertha Goudy at the Village Press, this is one of sixty copies distributed in the U.K. by Grant Richards with their imprint, and with a handwritten limitation statement on the blank verso facing the half-title, signed at the end by Wells and by Coburn. The hand-pulled photogravures were printed under the supervision of Coburn, from plates he prepared himself. Due to a production accident, only three hundred of the six hundred were issued with the full complement of photogravures; in the remaining three hundred, sometimes one and usually many more of the plates were supplied as aquatones. This copy, as we suspect all copies of the limited British issue as originally distributed, includes all of the plates in photogravure. CARY 70. TRUTHFUL LENS 184.
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