PEACOCK'S FEATHER

By: [BRAUNWORTH & CO., INC. (binding design and endpapers)]; HELLMAN, GEORGE S.

Price: $625.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very good +


8vo (6" x 8 ”). pp. [351]; SIGNED LIMITED EDITION IN ORIGINAL SLIPCASE WITH ADDITIONAL SIGNATURE AND INSCRIPTION BY AUTHOR. No. 12 of 249 copies.

Unsigned binding by Braunworth & Co. of quarter Japan vellum over handmade decorated paper in a repeating abstract peacock-eye pattern in blue, aquamarine and black on a field of metallic gold. Spine titles in gold; textured gold foil endpapers; deckled edges; t.e.g. Original matching slipcase covered in same abstract peacock-eye patterned paper, and plastic glassine-style wrapper.

The book is signed twice by the author, once under the limitation statement and once again under an inscription on the verso of the ffep: “For Harry Hanson, | with cordial regards. | George S. Hellman. | April 2, 1932.” Also inscribed by the author at the foot of the limitation page: "But above all, sensitivity | and courage. They | are the highest wisdom."

Includes color Art Deco frontis. of the nude Atossa by Virginia Berresford.

A fictionalized romance set in Lydia (an Iron Age kingdom of western Asia Minor) in 580 B.C. where Aesop, the Greek fabulist and storyteller, acts as emissary between the Samians and King Croesus, and in so doing falls in love with the Princess Delarai, the Queen of Persia, who is to be given in marriage to King Croesus. Written by George Sidney Hellman (1878-1958), American author and editor as well as a rare book, manuscript and art dealer and collector in New York City, who also wrote a dramatization of the novel in 1934, which was made into a movie called "A Night in Paradise" starring Merle Oberon in 1946.

The binding is an allusion to the peacock feather that Princess Delarai wears in her girdle, when she removes it to make love to Aesop in her chambers, and later gives it to him as a parting gift (p. 247).

A very good + copy with faint wear to the corners and with starts to the front foil hinge, but the binding is quite firm; the moderately worn slipcase is reinforced on the bottom panel with archival mending tissue, and shows some fading to the decorative paper cover -- yet the design is still bright. The plastic glassine wrapper has chips to the spine panel and the top front edge. An exceptionally scarce book - especially so in this condition and with the slipcase present.

Title: PEACOCK'S FEATHER

Author Name: [BRAUNWORTH & CO., INC. (binding design and endpapers)]; HELLMAN, GEORGE S.

Categories: FABLES - GREEK - FICTION, AESOP - FICTION , AESTHETIC MOVEMENT, ART DECO,

Edition: First

Publisher: Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: 1931

Binding: Japan vellum over decorated paper

Book Condition: Very good +

Seller ID: 2945

Keywords: BRAUNWORTH & CO., INC. AESTHETIC MOVEMENT AESOP - FICTION ART DECO FABLES GREECE