London, South Kensington
19 March 2008
IRVING, Washington (1783-1859). Bracebridge Hall or The Humourists. New York & London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1896. 2 volumes, large 8° (257 x 180mm). Titles printed in red and gold, text within elaborate gold border throughout, plates on Japan paper including 5 by Arthur Rackham (occasional light marginal staining). Pale blue cloth with author's monogram stamped in gilt on upper covers, spines lettered in gilt, upper edges gilt, others uncut, later common slipcase. "Heyliger Edition." ONE OF 100 COPIES, this copy unnumbered. Hudson p.174; cf. Latimore & Haskell p.7 (calling for the same printer and year of publication but the ?"Surrey Edition"). This copy may be in a pre-publication or trial binding. The limitation leaf calls for copies "whole-bound in English calf" whilst Latimore & Haskell call for "dark blue cloth with elaborate gold stamping on cover."
With Richard Harris Barham's The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth & Marvels (London, 1907, ONE OF 560 COPIES), John Ruskin's The King of the Golden River (London, 1932, ONE OF 570 COPIES) and Robert Browning's The Pied Piper of Hamelin (London, 1934), all illustrated by Arthur Rackham. (5)
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