The Life and Works.
Edmonton Edition on japon vellum. Number 18 of a limited edition of 100 copies printed on japon vellum and initialled by Daniel Berkeley Updike, founder of the Merrymount Press, on the limitation page of the first volume. Additionally illuminated with twelve original watercolours by Romanian painter and illustrator Jean de Paleologue (1855–1942). De Paleologue, also known as de Paleologu as well as PAL, was a successful and incredibly prolific poster designer during the golden age of the medium, in Belle Époque Paris, and later in New York, designing many of the now iconic bicycle adverts of the period. From the library of American industrialist J. Peter Grace (1913–1995) and his wife Margaret, with their bookplate to each initial blank.
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12 volumes, octavo (232 x 150 mm). Finely bound by the Adams Bindery in red crushed morocco, spines divided in six compartments by raised bands, gilt-lettered direct in two, others gilt with urns and leaf sprays with green onlays, sides richly gilt with floral and urn tools with green onlaid flower heads, green morocco doublures with wide leaf spray and flower borders, green moiré silk free endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Additional signed watercolour by Jean de Paleologue (signed PAL) to each title page, engraved frontispieces, 24 engraved plates, extra-illustrated with over 100 plates. Extremities faintly rubbed, the occasional light spot to contents. An excellent set.