One of ten copies on Japanese vellum
Arthur Symons ~ Studies In Strange Souls : One Of Ten presentation Copies On Japanese Vellum And Signed By The Author : Additionally Inscribed By The Publisher’s Son
Charles J. Sawyer, London : 1929
The First UK printing published by Charles J. Sawyer, London in 1929. One of ten copies on Japanese vellum though this copy unnumbered (There were also 100 numbered copies on Kelmscott handmade paper and 250 copies onAbbey Mill Antique Paper). Signed by the author to the limitation page. The BOOK is in near Fine condition. Original publisher's half morocco with decorated boards, five raised bands, gilt titling and top edge gilt. Red ribbon marker present. Some light fading to the spine. Matching decorated end-papers. The 'souls' in question were Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Swinburne and the book includes three portrait engravings with tissue guarded frontis (Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Algernon Charles Swinburne, and the author). Additionally inscribed to the second blank end-paper : 'For David Holmes, one of ten copies as he deserves, Richard Sawyer, 1V. 91'. Richard Sawyer was the son of Charles Sawyer and took over from his father in the family publishing business. Arthur William Symons was a British poet, critic and magazine editor. From late 1895 through 1896 he edited, along with Aubrey Beardsley and Leonard Smithers, 'The Savoy', a literary magazine which published both art and literature. The book is protected in a loose Mylar archival cover. A very handsome production.
CONDITION: Near Fine