[VELLUM PRINTING] BROWNING, ELIZABETH. Sonnets from the Portuguese.
. Boston: George D. Sproul, 1901. One of 30 copies of the St. Dunstan's Edition printed on animal vellum (the total edition); this is copy seven of the American issue of 18 copies (with 12 for Europe). These are signed by the illuminator, Ross Turner (who has noted that this copy was prepared for Gail Borden), George Sproul as publisher, and "The University Press." Full crushed dark green morocco extravagantly gilt by the Trautz-Bauzonnet Bindery, covers with an inlaid panel of pale green leather with additional onlays in emerald green, dark blue, and red, broad dentelles surrounding full cream leather doublures with hand-painted circular gilt inlays, spine in six compartments, vellum endsheets (with a later painted presentation in the front and an added watercolor of a rose to the rear), all edges gilt, housed in a modern clamshell case. 10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches (25 x 20 cm); 48 vellum leaves, printed one side only, with elaborate hand-illuminations in colors by Turner. Light wear to joints, overall an attractive copy.
An extraordinary series of productions by Sproul, the St. Dunstan's Editions ran to perhaps twelve works, and are generally found in bindings by Trautz-Bauzonnet, as here.
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