Early American Trade Cards,
from the collection of Bella C. Landauer.New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1927 Stock Code: 105746
First edition, deluxe issue of 50 copies printed on rag-paper and specially bound, this copy inscribed by Landauer on the front free endpaper in pencil. A selective catalogue of trade cards from the famous Landauer collection, which is reputed to have numbered over 100,000 individual specimens, and which the owner eventually donated to the New York Historical Society.
Quarto. Original red boards patterned with overlapping-square pattern in black and gilt, japon backstrip lettered in gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. With the plain dust jacket lettered in black on spine.
Double-page colour frontispiece, vignette title-page printed in red and black, 44 plates.
Spine a little faded, else an excellent copy almost entirely unopened in the attractive original boards, retaining the dust jacket with a hint of damp-staining and light chipping to spine.
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