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1 [Bradley, William H. (binding and title page design); Lemaire, Madeleine (water color illustrations); Rogers, C. McCormick (line illustrations)]; Meredith, Owen (Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton) LUCILE
New York Frederick A. Stokes Company 1897 First cloth Very good + Will H. Bradley 
Thick 8vo (5 1/8" x 8 3/8"). pp. 832. Signed binding design by Will Bradley of a repeated pattern of lilies and English roses in two colors of textured gold on periwinkle cloth, with the primary decorative motif repeated in gold on the spine. Unsigned title page design also by Will Bradley. Includes twelve facsimiles of water colors by Madeleine Lemaire and 100 black and white drawings by C. McCormick Rogers. t.e.g. A romantic narrative poem whose heroine, Lucile, is beloved by an English Lord and a French Duke who are bitter rivals. She loves the English Lord, but a misunderstanding keeps them apart. Many years later, the son of the Lord and the daughter of the Duke fall in love, but are separated by the old feud. They are finally reunited through the efforts of Lucile, who has become a nun named Sister Seraphine. Bradley represented the primary conflict of the poem in his binding by using an alternating design the English rose and the French lily. Stokes released this particular edition of Lucile in two different bindings, with the Bradley binding being the more scarce and difficult to obtain. Bambace A28. A very good + copy with slight fading to the spine cloth that does not affect the gilt design and a neat ownership statement written in ball-point pen on the ffep. Scarce in any condition. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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2 [Bradley, William H. (binding design; dust jacket design; decorations, border and layout); Stevens, William (illustrations)]; Adams, George Matthew UNCLE WALT [WALT MASON] THE POET PHILOSOPHER
Chicago George Matthew Adams 1911 First cloth Very good + Good + Jacket Bradley, William H. (binding design; decorations, border and layout); Stevens, William (illustrations) 
8vo (5" x 8"). pp. 189. First printing. SIGNED BY UNCLE WALT MASON. Signed Will Bradley pictorial binding design in tan, black and orange on brown cloth. Includes portrait frontis. of Mason after a photograph by John T. McCutcheon and 12 additional black and white illustrations by William Stevens. t.e.g. A compendium of prose rhymes penned by the homespun Canadian-American poet. The title page and layout design are also by Bradley. Signed on the half-title by Walt Mason. A very good + copy with some extraneous color on the cover design from the stamping process. In scarce signed pictorial dust jacket repeating cover design in two colors. Dust jacket has a large chip to the rear edge that had been neatly mended with masking tape; there is both masking tape and browning cello tape on the rear of the dustjacket; heavy offsetting to the dust jacket top 1" of the rear section that extends to the spine and the first 1" of the front section. Scarce in the original dust jacket and with Mason's signature. Bambace A71; PBO.pbw01211.bib 
Price: 250.00 USD
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THE UPAS TREE, [Ottman, William (illustrations)]; McMurdy, Robert
3 [Ottman, William (illustrations)]; McMurdy, Robert THE UPAS TREE
Chicago F. J. Schulte 1912 First Edition Cloth Near fine 
8vo (5" x 7"). 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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