Faust, Eine Tragoedie von Goethe (Volumes I and II)
[Hammersmith]: The Doves Press, 1906, 1910. Limited Edition. Vellum. Paper copies bound in limp vellum, octavo size, first volume 261 pp., one of 300 copies, the second volume 374 pp., one of 250 copies, text in German. Very good +. Item #22030302
Founded in 1900 by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker, the parnership dissolved in 1909 with Cobden-Sanderson continuing to print on his own. Justly famous for the purity of design and exactness of printing, it is always a thrill of sheer delight to hold a Doves Press book in one's hands.
The two volumes published separately, Volume I in 1906 and Volume II in 1910. Volume I is one of 300 copies printed on paper (there were also 25 printed on vellum); Volume II one of 250 copies on paper (there having also been 22 on vellum). The text taken from the 1887 Weimar edition for the first volume, and for the second volume from the Weimar edition of 1899, "specially revised for this Edition by Dr. Erich Schmidt" (n.b., per the colophon). Note also that the large initials in the second volume were designed by Edward Johnston, but engraved by "A.E.R. Gill" - Eric Gill.
___DESCRIPTION: Both volumes bound in full limp vellum with gilt lettering on the spines, red lettering throughout; octavo size (9.25" by 6.5"), pagination: Volume I, [1-6] 7-260 [1, colophon]; Volume II, [1-10] 11-373 [1, colophon].
___CONDITION: Both volumes a bit better than very good, the vellum binding clean and supple, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors with some scattered foxing but clean, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the first volume with some wrinkling to the vellum a the top corner of the back board (we believe a binding flaw as we see no concomitent damage), the second volume with a small bit of wear to the upper front corner and professional restoration to approximately 0.75" at the bottom of the front board, both volumes with natural variations to the vellum.
___CITATION: Tidcombe DP10 and DP20; Tompkinson pp. 55-56.
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