A Complete Set of The Book Lover's Almanac
Each Volume With an Original Watercolor
Finely Bound in the 'Jansenist Style' by Taffin
[BOOK LOVER'S ALMANAC]. The Book-Lover's Almanac for the year 1893 with illustrations by Henriot; … for the year 1894 with etchings by Robida and other illustrations; … for 1895; …for 1896; … for 1897. New York: Duprat & Co., 1893-1897.
A Complete Set. Five small octavo volumes (7 x 4 7/8 inches; 177 x 124 mm.). All finely printed on Japon paper. [viii],  pp. 12 colored plates; [vi],  pp. 4 plain plates and several black & white illustrations; 66,  pp. 3 plain plates and several black & white illustrations; 56 pp. 1 color, 4 black & white plates and several black & white illustrations; [ii], 72 pp. 2 color plates and several black & white illustrations. Each volume with a fine original watercolor by T.F. Rush? at the front.
Late nineteenth-century 'Jansenist' bindings by A. Taffin-Lefort of Paris (stamp-signed "Taffin" in gilt on front turn-ins) of full blue, purple, brown, maroon & green morocco. Spines lettered in gilt with five raised bands, board edges ruled in gilt, turn-ins richly decorated in gilt,various 'floral' decorative endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. Each volume with a set of original pink printed wrappers from the original parts issue bound in. From the notable rare book collection of Alex M. Hudnut with his small rectangular leather bookplate on verso of free-endpaper of first volume. A near fine set.
The first volume dedicated to the members of The Grolier Club of New York. With articles including on Jean Grolier (by William Loring Andrews), Dibdin's Ghost (by Eugene Field), On an extra-illustrated copy of Nell Gwynne (by Beverly Chew), [and] Bibliophiles et Biblioscopes (by Octave Uzanne). A delectable feast of fascinating articles and tit-bits unique to the world of rare book collecting.
1893: No. 167 0f 200 on Japon paper (out of a total of 600 copies) full blue morocco
1894: No. 43 0f 150 on Japon paper (out of a total of 600 copies) full purple morocco
1895: No. 78 0f 100 on Japon paper (out of a total of 500 copies) full brown morocco
1896: No. 69 0f 100 on Japon paper (out of a total of 500 copies) full maroon morocco
1897: No. 35 0f 100 on Japon paper (out of a total of 500 copies) full green morocco
Jansenist style binding. In imitation of a style from a previous period. The Jansenist style was popular in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, characterized by a plain exterior and elaborately tooled or decorated doublures. Both front and back boards are plain while the spine has a gold tooled title. Inside, the doublures are elaborately tooled color leather, cloth or paper with a series of interlocked floral elements. Item #03860
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