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SELECTIONS FROM THE POETRY OF ROBERT HERRICK WITH DRAWINGS BY EDWIN A. ABBEY, [Abbey, Edwin Austin (cover design and illustrations)]; Herrick, Robert
1 [Abbey, Edwin Austin (cover design and illustrations)]; Herrick, Robert SELECTIONS FROM THE POETRY OF ROBERT HERRICK WITH DRAWINGS BY EDWIN A. ABBEY
New York Harper and Brothers 1882 First Edition cloth Near fine Abbey, Edwin Austin (cover design and illustrations) 
Large 4to (9½ x 12). pp. 188. Also known as SELECTIONS FROM THE HESPERIDES & NOBLE NUMBERS OF ROBERT HERRICK. Unsigned binding design by Edwin Austin Abbey in gold, chartreuse, red and black of a radiating sun and floating flowers extending around the spine to the rear board on beige cloth. a.e.g. Includes pictorial title page, 42 full page wood engraved illustrations as well as wood engraved head and tail vignette illustrations after Abbey.

This was Abbey's first book, and its popularity pushed Abbey's work to the forefront of the illustrators of the time, spawning numerous imitators. “The cover design of this book... is an early manifestation of Art Nouveau influence from across the Atlantic, in the somewhat vibrating, floating design, in the choice of green, gold and red on a pale beige cloth, and in the new freedom of the hand-lettering” (Harvard, Turn of a Century, p.108). A landmark book in the history of American trade binding design. A near fine, exceptionally fresh copy.

Alas, no glassine dust jacket or box. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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THE UPAS TREE, [Ottman, William (illustrations)]; McMurdy, Robert
2 [Ottman, William (illustrations)]; McMurdy, Robert THE UPAS TREE
Chicago F. J. Schulte 1912 First Edition Cloth Near fine 
8vo (5½" x 7¾"). pp. 324. Unsigned binding design by Fred T. Hancke of an Upas tree in the foreground of a windswept plowed field in white and gold on dark green cloth. Includes black and white frontis. and 3 additional black and white full page illustrations by William Ottman. Written by a then prominent member of the Chicago Bar, is a detective story and romance about a young lawyer wrongfully charged with the murder of his client and sentenced to hang. It includes unusual questions of law, and ethical dilemmas interwoven with a detailed legal disquisition against the death penalty. A lovely copy of this unusual binding design. Scarce in this condition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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