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Book Description

Holland Paper edition, limited to 1000 copies, this one numbered 71, 25pp List of the Etchings, 70 tissue guarded etchings, printed on rectos only, housed in a Sangorski & Sutcliffe drop-front calf box (their stamp to the lower edge), the spine with 5 raised bands, maroon spine labels and decorations, oval label 'Ex Libris Estelle Doheny' to the underside of the box lid. In near fine condition, the first half title with a light circular stain and faint evidence of a bookplate (?), the second half title also with a light circular stain and the outline of the edges of the original paper wrapper faintly visible, very faint evidence of a bookplate (?) to the underside of the box lid, creasing to some tissue guards noted, the box with light wear.
Dealer Notes
This is the portfolio of 70 etchings published to accompany H S Nichols' large Holland Paper edition of Victor Hugo's Twelve Romances. From the library of Estelle Doheny (1875 - 1958), the American philanthropist and book collector, the wife of oil baron Edward Doheny. In 1983, 25 years after her death, her vast book collection was able to be sold and realised a total of over $37 million in 6 auction sales in New York and London during 1987, 1988 and 1989. One of the most remarkable 'single owner' dispersals, still remembered fondly by more senior collectors and booksellers. A 'Doheny copy' is a guarantee of quality.
Author Hugo, Victor (author) & Demarest, A; Roux et al (artists)
Date 1895
Publisher H S Nichols, London

Price: £375.00

Offered by Gerald Baker

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