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The Works. [Including Treasure Island; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Kidnapped; Catriona.]
Edinburgh: by T. and A. Constable for Longmans Green and Co., 1894 - 34 volumes, octavo (215 × 147 mm). Contemporary reddish-brown crushed morocco by Douglas Cockerell for W. H. Smith, Viscount Hambleden, spines gilt in compartments with acorn tools, Hambleden fist grasping oak leaves to upper boards gilt, green endpapers, top edges gilt. Spines tanned, some minor scuffs to bindings, contents fresh. An excellent set. Illustrations throughout. The Edinburgh Edition, finely bound by Douglas Cockerell for W. H. Smith, Viscount Hambleden, whose bookplate is on the front free endpaper of volume I. Cockerell (1870?1945) was one of Britain's leading craft bookbinders at the turn of the 20th-century. "Whereas Cobden-Sanderson thought of the decoration of books as the embellishment of great literature, Cockerell thought of it more soberly, as the expression or flowering of the book's construction, arranging his simple vocabulary of flowers and leaves and scrolling lines into roundels, panels, and arabesques that echo the proportions and structure of the book" (ODNB). His Bookbinding and the Care of Books, first published in 1901, "remains the basic handbook of craft bookbinding today" (ODNB). In 1904 he began working with the W. H. Smith firm, producing for the bookseller craft bindings as well as high quality trade bindings. The present volume is a beautiful example produced for the Smith family. The Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, of which only 1035 sets were printed, is known for the high quality of its printing and paper and is considered the best of the collected Stevenson editions. Complete with the concluding two volumes of Stevensoniana issued in 1903 and 1917, often lacking.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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