1926 · London
They took the Philosopher from his prison . . . and then they returned again, dancing and singing, to the country of the gods . . . ": A fantastical novel of philosophical adventure, liberally infused with mirth and => Irish folklore — as well as a great number of proclamations regarding the essential nature of the sexes and their battle. This is an early edition, following the first of 1912, featuring => twelve color-printed plates as well as large, decorative black and white head- and tailpieces in modern woodcut style by Thomas Mackenzie.
Binding: Contemporary green morocco, covers framed in gilt double fillets, front cover with gilt-stamped title, spine with raised bands, compartments framed in gilt double fillets with gilt corner shamrocks, shamrock motif repeated on wide, gilt-ruled turn-ins Bright green endpapers. Signed binding, stamped by Donnelley of Chicago on lower front turn-in.
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Francis John Breck, Jr., dated 10/29/72. Later in the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia. Binding as above, spine and edges sunned to brown, joints opening from head and foot, edges rubbed. Endpapers with offsetting from turn-ins and front free one loosening; pages slightly age-toned. A handsome example of this enduring classic, with Mackenzie's => lovely, lyrical illustration. (Inventory #: 39825)