Henry S. King & Co., London: 1873. First edition, first printing., 1873.. First edition, first printing.. Old dealer's description tipped onto verso of marbled front free endpaper, front joint tender and with short, neat split to upper one and one-half inch, gilt berries a little dull in spots, overall near fine to fine in custom mylar cover and recent cloth slipcase.. Exquisite, signed De Sauty binding of full crushed green morocco with four, becoming eight, wheat stems to front panel crowned with hundreds of gilt wheat berries interspersed with red onlay flower petals, wheat berries/flower petals design spreading across upper boards and spine and cascading down leading edge of both front and rear panels. Known for his bindings of exceptional delicacy, de Sauty was active in London from 1898 to 1923, working both independently and for Riviere & Sons. Between 1923 and 1935 he worked in Chicago producing deluxe bindings for R. R Donnelly. (Inventory #: Embry 157279)
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