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The Poetic Old-World: A Little Book for Tourists / Lucy H. Humphrey

2015.7.244

Kathleen V. Roberts Collection of Decorated Publishers' Bindings

First

H. Holt and Company

New York

New York

United States

North America

1908

Publisher's Binding- Japonisme

Bertha Stuart

Bound in flexible green diagonal-fine-rib-grain cloth in a wrap-around design, signed by Bertha Stuart. Black and white photographic scenic endpapers. All edges gilt. Design is of a scene of large masted sailing ships upon swirling ocean waves. Title is within a framed center rectangle with motif of flying ocean birds in the foreground. This motif is carried over the spine and onto the top right corner of the rear cover, where a group of birds soar. The bottom of the rear cover depicts swirling waves - all in gilt. The entire design is created using only bright and matte gilt. The overall design is very Asian inspired. The right rear corner, also in gilt, has the Henry Holt monogram with owl (very unusual). Book was also issued in red cloth with slightly different details to rear design.

First Edition, June 1908

Great Britain

United Kingdom

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