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Venetian Life: With Illustrations From Original Water Colors / William Dean Howells


Kathleen V. Roberts Collection of Decorated Publishers' Bindings

1890sSocial life and customs

7-1/4 in

2015.7.166a Volume I 2015.7.166b Volume II

William Dean Howells

Childe HassamRoss TurnerF. Hopkinson SmithRhoda Holmes Nichols




United States

North America


Riverside Press ; Electrotyped and printed by H.O. Houghton & Co.



United States

North America

Publisher's Binding

Sarah Wyman Whitman

Bound in a cream vellum-like smooth cloth with stamped gilt title inside wreath to the front cover. Triple-ruled border, stamped in gilt to front and blind to rear. Motif repeated on spine. Top edge gilt. Originally issued in gold cloth dust jackets (lacking). Notable: scarce distinctive endpapers designed by Whitman in repeating gold floral pattern. "Mrs. Whitman based her "golden curl" endpaper design on an endpaper design by Dante Gabriel Rossetti of curls and flowers he created for his 'Poems' of 1870. She used these endpapers choicely on only a few selected books." (Austin Abbey Rare Books, Allusion & Imagery in the Book Art of Sarah Wyman Whitman. Catalogue 2.)



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