Boston: Houghton, Osgood and Company, 1880. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Paper-covered boards with an illustrative design that is an exemplar of how Japanese design influenced book decoration. With it's sever diagonals in black and white interspersed with dream-like illustrations of snow-capped mountains and the moon, the design has, presciently, a Surrealistic or Avant-Garde feel to it. Indeed, a decorative binding - in 1881 - way ahead of its time. Covers soiled, and flaked at hinges, worn at edges all around, foxing to tissue guard and frontispiece, still solidly bound. 8vo, 202p + 6p ads, illustrated, pictorial endpapers too show Japansese influence. Christmas gift inscription 1897 ffe. A solid, unsophisticated copy. VG-. Item #012764

Price: $60.00

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