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The Floure and the Leafe, The Boke of Cupide, God of Love, or the Cuckow and the Nightgale.
(Hammersmith, 1896). - 6 1/2 x 9. 47 pages, with two half-page woodcut initial words. Contemporary blue morocco gilt by Macdonald, NY. Upper joint lightly rubbed, all else fine. With Harold Hugo's book label and the leather bookplate of Carson Brevoort.* A very handsome printing of this Middle English allegorical poem, written in a woman's voice, which was for many years attributed to Chaucer. One of 300 copies printed on handmade paper, in Troy and Chaucer types in black & red. *James Carson Brevoort, and his father Henry before him, built an important and distinguished library of Americana. Sabin dedicated the first volume of Bibliotheca Americana to him. However, he died before this volume was published; and his bookplate must have been placed in the book by another family member. "JAMES MACDONALD (1850-1920) was born in Scotland and trained as a bookbinder. In 1873 he came to the United States and worked with William Matthews, one of the pre-eminent binders. He left Matthews when he had saved enough money to start his own binding business. The Macdonald bindery, established in 1880, soon became one of the most sought-after binderies in this country."After the Club Bindery closed in 1909 "James Macdonald purchased the largest part of the tools" [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Veatchs Arts of the Book, ABAA]
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