3 December 2010
KELLIEGRAM, binding. MASEFIELD, John (1878-1967). Reynard the Fox or the Ghost Heath Run. London: William Heinemann, .
8o (226 x 141 mm). Blue levant morocco, covers with single gilt fillet borders, each cover with a large oval vari-colored central panel bearing a hunting scene framed by an onlaid brown morocco strapwork design and a gilt floral spray, above each oval is a rectangular panel showing onlaid morocco hunting dogs in pursuit, below each oval is a rectangular panel showing an onlaid brown morocco REYNARD in flight, spine in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands, gilt-lettered in 2 compartments, a gilt panel in the rest with alternating onlaid morocco hunting horn and fox head tools, board edges gilt, blue levant morocco doublures with onlaid morocco floral border on a gilt-dotted background with fox head corner ornaments, brown watered silk linings, top edges gilt, others uncut; modern cloth slipcase (minor soiling to covers). Provenance: Edward Laurence Doheny (bookplate); Estelle Doheny (bookplate; her sale Christie's New York, 22 February 1989, lot 2030).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, LIMITED EDITION, number 99 of 250 copies of an edition of 275 on English hand-made paper. INSCRIBED COPY. On inner flyleaf is a transcript in ink of 18 lines of verse from page 122, and a small pen and ink drawing of a hunting scene, SIGNED and dated "John Masefield. Dec. 10. 1920." Hayward 336.
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