[Abbey, Edwin Austin (cover design and illustrations)]; Herrick, Robert
Title SELECTIONS FROM THE POETRY OF ROBERT HERRICK (SELECTIONS FROM THE HESPERIDES & NOBLE NUMBERS OF ROBERT HERRICK) WITH DRAWINGS BY EDWIN A. ABBEY
Book Condition Very good +
Publisher New York Harper and Brothers 1882
Illustrator Abbey, Edwin Austin (cover design and illustrations)
Seller ID 1281
Large 4to (9˝" x 12"). pp. 188. IN ORIGINAL GIFT BOX. 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. The gift box has the tiles surrounded by a rococo style border. A portion of the original paper wrapper is present. 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 very good + copy with 3 faint moisture marks and rubbing to the gold of the sun on the front board, and a small stain to the rear board. The good original box has cracks to the corners of the top portion; one side of the top portion has its finish removed and a 1˝" portion missing. One of the sides of the bottom portion is detached but present, and shows signs of a previous repair. One panel of the original undecorated paper wrapper is present but wrinkled. Exceptionally scarce in the original box and with a portion of the original wrapper present. Inscription of "Christmas 1882" in pencil on the inside of the top portion of the box. Turn of a Century 108.