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ROLFE, Frederick, Baron Corvo.

In His Own Image.

Published: London and New York: John Lane: The Bodley Head, 1901

Stock code: 100920

Price: £8,500

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First edition, first printing, first issue binding. The sheets were printed in the US, with 1,500 sets imported to the UK, where the book was published on 5 March 1901. It was released in the US one month later, on 6 April 1901. Copies issued in the US were bound in purple cloth, and in the UK in green, grey, red, or dark blue cloth. The question of determining which colour of cloth has priority is much debated; however, it is widely accepted that the earliest copies are those bound in purple cloth, and Woolf posits that the first copies issued in the UK were imported from the US, having been bound in purple cloth.

Octavo. Original purple cloth boards, titles to spine and front board in white, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With the dust jacket. Housed in a purple quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Rubbing to white lettering on spine with most lacking, faint cloth discolouration along top edges, mild bumping to corners and ends of spine, but a most superior copy of a delicate publication in the profoundly rare dust jacket with just the mildest wear.

Bibliography: Woolf A4.

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