BOCCACCIO, Giovanni, & others.
The Bibliophilist’s Library.
Edition de Grand Luxe, limited to seven copies numbered with roman numerals, of which this is copy V, printed and bound for Mark P. Robinson. The whole set of this collection of celebrated European authors translated into English comprises eight individual works: Boccaccio, The Decameron, trans. John Payne; Cervantes, Don Quixote, trans. Henry Edward Watts; Margaret of Angouleme, The Heptameron, trans. Arthur Machen; Lesage, Gil Blas, trans. Henri Van Laun, rev. Henri Roberts; Montesquieu, Persian Letters, trans. John Davidson; Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantegruel, trans. Sir Thomas Urquhart and P. A. Motteux; Rousseau, Confessions, trans. W. Conyngham Mallory; and Voltaire, Prose Romances, trans. William Walton. The etchings are by L. Flameng, A. Lalauze, E. Boilvin, E. Hédouin, and Laguillermie and Thevenin. The limitation notice states that for each copy of this Edition de Grand Luxe a portfolio was prepared with a duplicate set of plates on satin, not present here.
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20 volumes, octavo (210 133 mm), comprising 8 works. Publisher’s deluxe binding of grey-green crushed morocco, spines richly gilt in compartments, gilt titles in two, sides with single-line gilt outer rule, gilt ornaments at inside corners, purple crushed morocco doublures with wide gilt borders of massed floral tools, at centre a flower and leaf spray with green and turquoise onlays, purple silk chequered endpapers with coloured floral decoration, gilt edges, bound for Mark P. Robinson. Plates in four states: on Japanese vellum, after Remarque; on papier de Chine, mounted; on papier de Hollande, in bistre; and on Whatman handmade paper, finished in watercolours; with captioned and plain tissue guards. Spines gently sunned, a little light rubbing in places, some tissue guards creased, still a fine set of this exceptionally luxurious edition.