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The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott

Scott, Sir Walter. The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott. London: Frederick Warne & Company, ca.1900.

Transparent vellum (called “vellucent”) over painted paper, gold border on front, spine, and back, and gilt dentelles on inside cover. Believed to be the work of binder Cedric Chivers of Bath, England.

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Sangorski and Sutcliffe Binding

Grimm, M. M. German Popular Stories. 2 vols. London: C. Baldwin, 1823. Binding: Sangorski and Sutcliffe.

Blue morocco leather, with paneled spine, gilt lettering, and gilt rules and stamps.

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Diamond Dick, Jr.

Lawson, W. B. Dashing Diamond Dick, Jr. in Danger, or a Queer Game at Maverick. New York: Street & Smith, 1900.

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Sand, George. Consuelo: A Novel. Trans. Fayette Robinson. London: Walter Scott, ca. 1900.

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Parisians Out of Doors

Smith, F. Berkeley. Parisians Out of Doors. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co., 1905.

Red cloth blocked in black and beige on front, gold and beige on spine, with a square paper onlay. The bold cloth coloring and use of  straight lines are clear departures from the Art Nouveau and fin de sicle artistic styles.


Rickard, T. A. Journeys of Observation. San Francisco: Dewey Publishing Company, 1907.

Green cloth blocked in black, red, and white on front and spine. The subject matter and the wrap-around pictorial illustration prefigure a favorite style of the 1940s.

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Journeys of Observation


The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Browning, Robert. The Pied Piper of Hamelin. London: Frederick Warne, ca. 1910. Illustrated by Kate Greenaway.

Glazed paper covers on boards.

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