BIOGRAPHIES OF 18TH-CENTURY ENGLISH AUTHORS, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED, ONE OF ONLY 150 COPIES
(GROLIER SOCIETY). Days of the Dandies. London: Grolier Society, circa 1900. Fifteen volumes. Tall octavo, contemporary three-quarter green morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut and partially unopened. $2600.
Limited “Connoisseur” edition of this collection of ten engaging literary biographies, number 37 of only 150 copies, richly illustrated withfrontispieces in double-suite (one hand-colored) in each volume and over 75 plates in double-suite (often hand-colored), beautifully bound.
Following the Grolier Society’s successful Beaux & Belles of England, these entertaining biographies of notable 18th-century English authors include Laurence Sterne, Horace Walpole, Beau Nash, Fanny Burney, Lady Montagu, Peg Woffington, Mrs. Jordan, Colley Cibber and Captain Gronow. Bookplates of early 20th-century actress Lulu Glaser.