London: The Haymarket Press, 1928. Flint, W. Russell. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 642 of 875 copies of the Ordinary Edition, quarto size, 66 pp. Near fine / very good +. Item #20082940
The famous story of the headhunting heroine whose bold act has inspired painters, poets, sculptors and writers for centuries. This version was finely printed by The Haymarket Press and accompanied with illustrations by Scottish artist and illustrator William Russell Flint (1880-1969). Flint is best known for his female figures, exemplified here in the character of Judith, whose mercurial allure is captured in these four colour drawings.
___DESCRIPTION: White parchment-like paper over boards, title and ruled border in gilt to upper board, title in gilt on backstrip, top edge gilt, other edges uncut, title-page in black and green, four colour plates tipped-in, running headlines in green, text in black with green initials within a single ruled green border, with original ivory ribbon marker; handset Goudy type, Millbourn handmade all rag paper, quarto size (10" by 7 5/8"), pagination: [i-x] xi-xvii, 1-49, no. 642 of 875 copies. Loosely laid in is the announcement to subscribers by The Haymarket Press, printed on a small (5" by 3.5") piece of cardstock, listing the three editions and their corresponding prices. In the original publisher's dust jacket of a goldenrod yellow, blank but for a small illustration inset on the front panel with the title and illustrator in black letting above.
___CONDITION: A near fine copy, the paper covering the boards unworn and mostly clean, the corners straight and unworn, a strong text block with solid hinges, the ribbon marker present but barely attached, internally bright and free of prior owner marks; a few light spots on the binding and some foxing (mostly to the top edges of the boards), the bottom edges of the boards somewhat dusty, and a few spots on the endpapers including faint remnants of old cello tape; with its few faults still a near fine volume. Announcement card fine, clean, with perhaps a bare minimum of wear to one corner. The dust jacket is unclipped, there was no printed price but a prior bookseller wrote in pencil (now somewhat erased) "VG 8.50", the jacket is better than very good, with overall dustiness, sunning to the spine, and a bit of overall edgewear most noticeable at the head and tail of the spine.
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