London: Macmillan and Co., 1911. Item #02166
Edition de Luxe - Limited to One Hundred and Fifty Copies
The Richard Manney Copy in the Extremely Scarce Dust Jacket
The Best Copy We Have Ever Seen
[GOBLE, Warwick, illustrator]. BASILE, Giambatista. Stories From the Pentamerone. Selected and Edited by E.F. Strange. Illustrated by Warwick Goble. London: Macmillan and Co., 1911.
Edition de Luxe, limited to 150 copies. Quarto (11 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches; 286 x 222 mm.). xii, 301[-302] pp. Thirty-two color plates tipped-in onto heavy brown stock, with captioned tissue guards.
Original vellum over boards, front cover lettered and pictorially stamped in gilt, spine lettered in gilt. Later yellow silk ties. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Original blue paper dust jacket pictorially decorated and lettered in gold. Chemised and housed in a full blue morocco slipcase by M.J. Adjarian. A very fine copy.
In the incredibly scarce dust jacket and with vellum unusually clean and bright this copy is, without question, the finest copy we have ever seen and the only one in the original printed dust jacket.
"Goble was strongly influenced by Japanese art and by Chinese paintings, his colour washes are extremely subtle and stroked on with the brush, his compositions consciously oriental, He worked almost entirely for publishers like Messrs. Black and Messrs Macmillan who were specializing in colour plate books" (Houfe, p.318).
Manney Sale, Sotheby's October 11, 1991, lot 150.