SPLENDIDLY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED LIMITED EDITION OF DISRAELI'S WORKS IN FULL MOROCCO-GILT, ONE OF ONLY 100 PRODUCED
DISRAELI, Benjamin. Works. New York and London: M. Walter Dunne, (1904). Twenty volumes. Octavo, 20th-century full crimson crushed morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, covers and morocco doublures, all with Art Nouveau designs with morocco inlays, raised bands, watered silk endpapers, all edges gilt.
The "Imperial Edition," one of only 100 sets produced, this one unnumbered, splendidly bound and illustrated with over 60 plates in double suite, many finished in color by hand. A sumptuous production in fine condition.
British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli revealed, in his novels, "the same sagacious insight, the same insolent and satiric cleverness associated with his political career… their place in the growth of 19th-century thought was large" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 187). "From the moment of the anonymous but sensational appearance of Vivian Grey to that of the publication of Endymion which bore on each of its three volumes the name of the most distinguished statesman of the world, Disraeli held up alike to the follies and the ideals of his age the mirror of a keen and ruthless mind… [Using] personal experience as material for novel-writing… Disraeli described in the pages of Endymion the long road that he had traveled from obscurity to fame" (Sadleir, 107-08).
Only the occasional minuscule rub to a corner or two. A beautifully bound and illustrated set in fine condition.