Publisher's dummy, preceding the first edition. Original green cloth with gilt titles and an illustration to the upper board, and a mock up of the spine for the finalised book with gilt titles affixed to the lower board. In the dustwrapper. Consisting of 10 leaves (not including plates), with illustrated endpapers, two colour illustration plates, and five black and white header and footer illustrations. A catalogue clipping announcing this title is tipped in on the front pastedown, with the statement that the book will be ready in August revised in pencil to September. A very good or better copy, the binding firm, the spine tips a little rubbed and the boards just slightly bowed. Complete with the original dustwrapper which has chipping to the spine tips and flap hinges, and a closed tear to the front flap hinge with associated creasing. A wonderful and scarce artefact of the publishing process.
Stock code: 20399