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SHARP, William, as Fiona MacLeod.

Runes of Woman.

Portland, ME: Thomas Bird Mosher, 1915 Stock Code: 144999
£225.00
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First edition, one of 450 copies printed on Van Gelder paper, in the uncommon printed glassine jacket, this copy in notably smart condition.

Writer and editor William Sharp (1855-1905) adopted the pseudonym Fiona MacLeod in 1894 and secretly wrote under this name for the rest of his life. Sharp "constructed an elaborate series of deceptions, implicit and explicit, to maintain his secret: he even contributed a fictional entry for Fiona MacLeod to Who's Who" (ODNB).

The printer, Thomas Mosher, was a major contributor to the American private press movement. His distinctive Aldine dolphin and anchor logo first appeared on the title page to this work. An attractively printed and bound book Runes of Woman makes use of Aubrey Beardsley's cover design for Leonard Smither's edition of Ernest Dowson's Verses of 1896. Mosher reused the design again for his edition of Thomas Moore's By Bendemeer's Stream (1917).

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Description

Octavo. Entirely unopened in the original japon boards, titles to spine in gilt, simple foliate art nouveau design initialled "AB" in gilt to front board by Aubrey Beardsley, japon endpapers. In the glassine jacket, title to front panel in red.

Illustrations

With hand-coloured initial device and title page vignette, initials printed in red.

Condition

A fine copy in the toned and brittled glassine jacket with chips to extremities.

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