Charles Robinson Fairy Tale Art Nouveau 1st 1912 Fine Gilt Binding Dwarfs Bee
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Charles Robinson Fairy Tale Art Nouveau 1st 1912 Fine Gilt Binding Dwarfs Bee:
Bee, the Princess of the Dwarfs
Anatole FranceRetold in English by
Peter WrightIllustrated by
Charles RobinsonFirst Robinson editionPublished by
J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, London/E.P. Dutton & Co., New York
Published in 1912, with lavish production values typical of the era (as in the gift books of Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen and the like), Robinson’s Bee features exquisite hand-mounted plates with tissue guards, profuse line drawings and decorations, plus a fine, gilt-decorated binding in Art Nouveau style. An enchanting book, in which Robinson’s illustrations perfectly capture the magical atmosphere of Anatole France’s story. Somewhat scarce in the first edition: I can locate only two other copies currently for sale worldwide.Condition
Book complete and intact. Contents very clean overall. Pale foxing to mounts plus adjacent leaves, occasional foxing elsewhere, occasional small, pale smudge, one spread with pale staining, one corner crease, ten cracks between gatherings (with some stitches loosened). Two mounts with nick to foot. Tissue guards with foxing (mostly very light); three with creasing, two with tiny crease to tip, one coming slightly loose, one with tiny hole. Endpapers with usual foxing/offsetting; front free endpaper with trace of bookseller’s pencilled notes (erased, somewhat heavily impressed), reverse with previous owner’s name in ink plus bookseller’s pencilled notes. Foot of page block with shelf-soiling/staining plus a little shelf wear, top with tarnishing to gilt. Binding loose, with slight bend. Boards and spine as shown.
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Binding photographed (above) and scanned (below).
Endpapers printed in gold.
Below: example of the cracks between gatherings.
Below: another of the cracks.
Below: the owner inscription
at the front of the book.
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