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THE COMPLETE WRITINGS
Cambridge, Massachusetts: Riverside Press, 1904. Edition de Luxe." ONE OF 1,000 COPIES. Hardcover. 16 Mostly Unopened, Handsomely Gilt VolumesWith Morocco Doublures and Much Shelf Appeal. 222 x 146 mm (8 3/4 x 5 3/4"). 16 volumes. Last three volumes (containing "Letters") edited by Charles Eliot Norton. "Edition de Luxe." ONE OF 1,000 COPIES. VERY HANDSOME DARK GREEN MOROCCO, EXTRAVAGANTLY GILT, covers with a wavy gilt border and charming floral ornaments at corners, central panel (with square-notched corners) formed by six parallel gilt lines; raised bands, spine compartments attractively gilt with scrolling flowers and foliage enclosing a floral fleuron centerpiece, wide turn-ins with elaborate gilt decoration featuring many large and small roses and leaves on stylized lattice work, the turn-ins enclosing SCARLET-COLORED POLISHED MOROCCO DOUBLURES, crimson watered silk free endleaves, top edge gilt, other edges rough trimmed, MOSTLY UNOPENED (six of the volumes entirely unopened, and all but one of the others largely so). With 80 mounted photogravure illustrations on India paper (including frontispieces, one double plate, and one plate with four portraits). Original tissue guards. Front joint of first volume a bit worn (rear joint a little flaked), a half dozen other joints with a hint of rubbing, spines evenly sunned to an attractive olive brown, one small cover scuff, two leaves roughly opened (with no serious consequences), other isolated trivial imperfections, but a nearly fine set in quite an attractive binding, the leather lustrous, and the (mostly unopened) text essentially undisturbed. These bindings look extremely good on the shelf, and the doublures of scarlet--especially as they face crimson-colored watered silk--are a bold highlight of the flamboyant decoration. For a thorough discussion of author and contents, see item #145, below.
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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