Worcester: Achille J. St. Onge [printed by the Merrymount Press], 1939. Limited Edition. Leather bound. One of 950 copies, miniature book, 89 pp. Near fine. Item #19012331
The second book published by Achille St. Onge (1913-1978) under his own imprint, "Friendship" is an essay by transcendentalist essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882).
This volume is a lovely example of St. Onge's miniature books, bound in full morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, one of the most important English bookbinding companies known for luxurious bindings using real gold and jewels. The book is printed by the Merrymount Press in Boston, Massachusetts, the imprint of Daniel Berkeley Updike (1860-1941), a printer and historian of typography with whom St. Onge often collaborated.
___DESCRIPTION: Full orange morocco, gilt decorative border and lettering on the front board, gilt and blind-embossed rules on the spine, gilt decorative border on the rear board, all edges gilt, endpapers with all-over pattern in red, frontispiece a black-and-white portrait of the author, with twined silk thread serving as a ribbon marker, the endpapers with a printed mark, "Bound by S. & S. England"; Times New Roman type, Worthy Hand and Arrows paper, miniature book (2.5" by 1.5"), pagination: [i-vi]  2-82 [1 colophon], one of 950 copies, unnumbered.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with no rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some sunning to the spine and top edges of the boards, else fine.
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