With the author's preface and an introduction by G. H. Maynadier PhD. Department of English Harvard University.New York: George D. Sproul, 1905 Stock Code: 144142
The Hand-Made Edition, number 41 of 150 copies of this deluxe set of Defoe's works, in a beautiful morocco binding.
This set is beautifully bound by the bindery of Whitman Bennett in New York. Bennett (18831968) spent his youth as successful film producer and director for Famous-Lasky and Paramount Studios, working on some of the most notable films of the silent era. He retired from Hollywood at the age of 40 to found Bennett Book Studios in 1924, establishing a reputation for American and English literature and fine bindings. His accompanying bindery specialised in "enhancing books with lavish leather bindings and was almost as important to the firm's success as the rare book department" (Dickinson, p. 16).
16 volumes, octavo (214 x 136 mm). Finely bound by Whitman Bennet in contemporary dark red half morocco, titles and elaborate decoration in gilt to spines in compartments, raised bands tooled in gilt, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.
With 4 monochrome plates in each volume, captioned tissue guards printed in red, title pages printed in red and black within elaborate green frames.
Very occasional spot of foxing to limitation pages, overall a fine set.
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