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The Holy Experiment [Elephant Folio, Full Leather, Limited, Signed, Violet Oakley's Magnum Opus]
Privately Printed by Violet Oakley, Philadelphia 1922 - Elephant Folio measureing 15 5/8 inches wide, 23 inches long. 51 pp + [7] and 22 superb full color tipped in plates, some folding to enormous size. Original full brown leather embossed with geometric and floral stamped desgins in dark brown, pictorial bold gilt stamped circular motifs and lettering on front cover. Inside endsheets both brilliant gold shiny paper. Two large closing brackets on outward edges. In original feaux-wood paper box. Limited to 500 Numbered and Signed Copies by Violet Oakley, of which this is No. 11. This monumental production was personally overseen and published by Oakley over more than a decade of preparation and production and comprises seven separate folders or fascicules, each of which printed on special Italian handmade paper and printed in red and blue and black from manuscript calligraphy by Oakley. Two of the fasiclules contain huge (some folding out) color plates printed magnifently in bright colors illustrating murals and designs from her work at the Pennsylvania State Capital in Harrisburg. 22 superb full color plates, with highlighting in gold and other colors, one folding out to 26 inches! A brilliant copy with pristine contents. The binding is near fine with only minimal marking and slight wear, the leather (notoriously prone to drying) is supple, smooth and in excellent condition. The fragile box has been reinforced with paper tape. In original laid paper wrap-around sheet protecting contents within the binding. One of the truly great colorplate books eminating from the Brandywine Tradition and a lasting rarity. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Edward Nudelman Rare Books]
Last Found On: 2014-10-10           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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