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Limited to 215 copies, this copy unnumbered; 4to, (310 x 310 mm); printed on J. Barcham Green's handmade paper, 32 coloured pochoir plates and illustrations by Paul Nash; publisher's vellum from a design by Paul Nash by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, with brown morocco onlays and gilt-blocked quincunx on boards, gilt edges, original fleece-lined buckram slipcase.
First edition; 4to; sixteen colour plates, a little spotting to original preliminary and terminal blanks, otherwise near-fine, later binding of half-red morocco over marbled boards, top edge gilt, spine a little faded, otherwise very handsome.
number 56 of 75 deluxe copies signed by the author and artist and with an additional original signed etching by hughie o'donoghue, from an overall limitation of 450; 4to; tipped-in colour illustrations by Hughie O'Donoghue; publisher's green cloth with inset colour illustration, uncut, original colour etching numbered and signed in pencil, loose as issued in original card folder, together in cloth slip-case.
One of 500 copies, small 4to., original quarter blue morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine in compartments with raised bands, gilt lettering direct, top edge gilt, others uncut, a little sunned and rubbed at spine, some light marking to cloth.
One of 300 copies from an overall limitation of 400, 8vo., woodcut frontispiece, title and 4 illustrations by Dorothea Braby, publisher's yellow cloth with gilt design to upper cover, top edge gilt, others uncut, some light marking, but overall a very good copy.
Number 117 of 500 copies, 8vo., woodcut title device and illustrations by John O'Connor, original buckram-backed marbled cloth, top edge gilt, others uncut, a little rubbed at extremities, minor bumping to fore-corner tips.
Limited edition numbered no 19 of 95 on papier Impérial Japon (total number of copies 475); folio (37 x 29 cm), 312 pp, signed by both the author and the illustrator on half title, one manuscript letter by the illustrator and a manuscript poem from the author inserted loose before half title, interleaved pages of various sizes, 28 plates in five colours with 28 additional black and white plates at the rear; bound in contemporary brown calf, art deco style spine with gilt lettering and flower design, slight wear on spine, overall a fine copy.
Number 148 of 500 copies, tall 8vo., with Foreword and Commentary by H. S. Ede, publisher's quarter blue morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine in compartments with raised bands, gilt lettering direct, top edge gilt, others uncut, a very good copy.
Number 87 of 100 specially bound copies signed by Somerset de Chair, from an overall limitation of 500, 12mo. (110 by 145mm (4¼ by 5¾ inches)), engraved portrait frontispiece, original vellum gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, covers decorated with a honeycomb design and Napoleonic bee, very minor splaying, gilt edges, a fine copy.