1928. First Edition/Limited Edition. Hardcover. A brilliant and rather famed art deco bakelite binding by Jotau. In the late 1920s this sort of industrial binding emerged from studio of Brodard and Taupin [N.B. the term JOTAU is derived from JOseph TAUpin] and does not appear to be used again after 1933. Renouned binder Pierre-Lucien Martin has participated in the binding's design and execution. Signed/stamped on the bottom of the inside back cover "RELIURE JOTAU / BREVETÉ S.G.D.G."
Most copies we have seen have a pewter onlayed label at the spine and centered on a 'slot' in the front board, This copy includes additional pewter onlays, filling the slot. It is unclear, at this time, if only a few (perhaps early in the process) recieved the extra onlays. As the 'slot' is part of the bakelite 'plan', dropping the addition silver onlays may have been a cost saving exersise. Regarldess, this is the finest copy we have seen. Fine. Tight, bright, and unmarred. Black Bakelite boards and spine, articulated hinges, decorative grooves in front board includes wider one into which the engraged title plate and decorative smaller plates are mounted, front cover with engraved pewter title label, screenprinted endpapers. 8vo. 303pp. Limited edtion, this being 466. Item #10310