[Hammersmith]: [Doves Press], 1913. Limited Edition. Leather. One of 200 copies on paper, octavo size, 164 pp., in a Doves binding, in German. Near Fine. Item #CNJR01
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German statesman and a prolific writer whose work includes novels, poetry, dramas, and literary criticism; he was an early participant of the Sturm und Drang literary movement and rose to fame early in life with the publication of "The Sorrows of Young Werther". His play in verse "Torquato Tasso" is about the sixteenth-century poet of the same name; Tasso, best known for his poem "Gerusalemme liberata" (Jerusalem Delivered), was one of the most widely read poets in Europe at the time of the publication of Goethe's play. Throughout his life, Tasso suffered from mental illness, and the play deals with these struggles as well as those of writing poetry.
This volume features a lovely sealskin binding by the Doves Press; founded by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, the Press was entirely self-sufficient, designing, printing, and binding its own books, and even cutting its own typeface for use in its publications. The books it published were often chosen for their typographical challenges, and were designed and printed with a simple elegance that did justice to the works' literary merits and the Press's skill and innovation. The Doves Bindery used sealskin for many of the bindings, such as this one, because quality goatskin was diffficult to obtain during and after World War I; sealskin was found to hold up well over a long period of time and met T.J. Cobden-Sanderson's exacting standards.
___DESCRIPTION: Full auburn sealskin, gilt ruled borders on the front and rear boards, the spine with five raised bands, gilt ruled borders, and gilt lettering, gilt rules along the edges of the boards, all edges gilt with dotted fillet gauffering, double headband, leather turn-ins with gilt ruled borders, signed "The Doves Bindery / 19 C-S 13" on the rear turn-in, text in red and black with red text in the margins; Doves paper, octavo size (9.25" by 6.5"), pagination: [1-9] 10-163 [1 colophon], one of 200 copies on paper, of a total edition of 227, unnumbered. Please note the text is in German.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, the boards clean and supple, with a few exceedingly minor areas of gentle wear (professional restoration was done to one small area, it now blends in with the rest of the board and the work is invisible), straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some very slight creasing to the edges of the spine, corners are very gently bumped, off-setting on the free endpapers from the leather turn-ins, else fine.
___CITATION: Tidcombe DP31.
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