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The Spirit of Paris [together with salesman's sample for the book].
1913 - London, Adam and Charles Black, 1913. 8vo. Original brown cloth with a pictorial design by G. Riom blocked in gilt and printed in pink, green and black on the spine and upper board, top edge gilt; pp. xii, 169, [2, advertisements], 20 colour-plate illustrations by various Parisian artists: G. Fraipont, Raphael Kirchner, G. Riom, Lucien Gautier, Maurice de Lambert & A. Marcel-Clement; [salesman's sample]: pp. xii, 9-40, [4], 6 colour plates with tissue guards; main work with contemporary Danish bookplate; sample volume a little spotted internally. First edition. 3000 copies. Includes the amusing An Imaginary Conversation Serving as a Preface where Sommerville scripts a conversation between publisher and author justifying the need for a book capturing 'The Spirit of Paris'. The existance of sample volumes of A&C Black titles were hitherto unknown, and are not mentioned by the bibliographer Inman. ‘A & C Black’s Twenty Shilling series of colour plate books, published from 1901 onwards, brought the world into the home at a time when travel, especially overseas, was much more difficult than it is today. For the first time books containing large numbers of colour plates â€" up to 100 per volume â€" were made available to the public at an affordable price.’ (Inman) Inman 175. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd]
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