student handmade book (North Bennet Street School, Boston?) CARCASSONE with TO ONE WHO WENT TO CARCASSONNE

np: handmade, 1934. Hardcover. Handmade book, dated 1934, full leather, displaying elements of basic bookbinding. Covers are brown crushed morrocco with inlaid green calf on the diagonal pressed in gilt with devices and title on front cover, and in same format, authors' names on rear cover. Inner dentelles with gilt and green calf inlay strip turned-in from covers, custom marbleized papers in various hues of green and brown. 8vo, 5 raised bands, 36 pages, 29 bearing hand-lettered or illustrative material. Hand-lettered text, illuminated in color and gilt in medieval style, on recto and 9 versos with pasted in illustrations: 8 sepia-toned photographs of Carcassonne structures and 1 chromo postcard. Oddly, stiff paper appears to be machine made; no watermarks discernible. Rear lower dentelle bears the date 1934 and a binder stamp that we cannot identify. Content is in two parts. The first is a lyrical poem "Carcassonne" by Gustave Nadaud, translated by M. E. W. Sherwood dated 1861. The second part a poem, in similar lyrical style, called "To One Who Went to Carcassonne" by Julia C.R. Dorr dated 1908. Slight wear to leather on spine. Well-preserved overall. Unsophisticated, sometimes crude, in execution - an ambitious student exemplar of book making that combines, with romantic travelog theme, bookmaking basics. Very Good+. Item #011622

Price: $325.00

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