3 June 2009
ASHENDENE PRESS -- VERGILIUS MARO, Publius (70-19 B.C.). Opera. Bucolica, Georgica, Aeneis. Chelsea: C.H. St J. Hornby, 1910.
4° (251 x 170mm). Printed in red and black. Manuscript rubrication in gold, red and blue by Graily Hewitt. Green morocco gilt by W.H. Smith bindery, signed on rear doublure, covers divided into twenty-one panels with larger central panel containing a crowned 'H' within a field of shamrocks formed by green onlays, the surrounding panels tooled with branching foliage and flower heads of red morocco, sprays and flower heads repeated on spine, doublures of green and blue morocco, gilt edges (very light rubbing of spine bands). Provenance: William Henry Smith, 3rd Viscount Hambleden (1903-1948, bookplate).
A SPECTACULAR W.H. SMITH BINDING enhances this copy, one of 40 on Japanese vellum, in an edition of only 48. Hornby XXV.
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