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CATALOGUE OF THE COLLECTION OF MINIATURES. THE PROPERTY OF J. PIERPONT MORGAN
London: Privately printed at the Chiswick Press, 1906-08. No. 3 OF 20 COPIES PRINTED ON VELLUM, for private circulation only. This is a breathtaking production that perfectly represents the beauty and high aesthetic standards of the collection it catalogues and, by extension, the almost unimaginable luxury of Morgan's Gilded Age. The elegant bindings are almost austere in their simplicity, so the lavish doublures are all the more striking for being a surprise, a lovely jewel hidden in a plain box. The rich, creamy vellum lends a touch of decadence and sensual pleasure, while the attractive plates bring to life J. P. Morgan's unsurpassable collection. This copy was in the superb collection of illustrated books assembled by Sears chairman Lessing J. Rosenwald (1891-1979) and bequeathed by him to the Library of Congress.. 385 x 285 mm. (15 1/4 x 11 1/4"). Four volumes. No. 3 OF 20 COPIES PRINTED ON VELLUM, for private circulation only. Original stiff vellum over boards, silver bosses and cornerpieces on upper cover, two silver clasps, flat spine with gilt titling, SLATE BLUE MOROCCO DOUBLURES, elaborately inlaid and gilt, INSET WITH A TOTAL OF 23 MINIATURES PAINTED ON VELLUM, the front doublures inset with a group of miniatures, the rear doublures with one large miniature, slate blue watered silk endleaves. In the original green cloth slipcases. WITH 398 PLATES reproducing miniatures, 133 OF THESE IN COLOR, some heightened with gold. Verso of front free endleaf with small morocco bookplate of Lessing J. Rosenwald and with book label noting Rosenwald's gift of the item to the Library of Congress; deaccession stamp at the foot of the page. Spines a little soiled, otherwise A SUPERB SET with few signs of use. This is a breathtaking production that perfectly represents the beauty and high aesthetic standards of the collection it catalogues and, by extension, the almost unimaginable luxury of Morgan's Gilded Age. The elegant bindings are almost austere in their simplicity, so the lavish doublures are all the more striking for being a surprise, a lovely jewel hidden in a plain box. The rich, creamy vellum lends a touch of decadence and sensual pleasure, while the attractive plates bring to life J. P. Morgan's unsurpassable collection. This copy was in the superb collection of illustrated books assembled by Sears chairman Lessing J. Rosenwald (1891-1979) and bequeathed by him to the Library of Congress.
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