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    Limited Edition, Signed Twice by Illustrator Willy Pogany

    [Willy Pogany, Illustrator]. C. W. Rolleston. Parsifal, or the Legend of the Holy Grail -- Signed Limited Edition. London: Harrap & Company, [1912].

    First edition. Number 394 of only 525 copies numbered and signed twice by Pogany. Octavo. Unpaginated. Sixteen full-page color plates by Pogany, and many drawings in monochrome.

    Bound by Bumpus in full dark red morocco over boards. Gilt fillets to boards. Scarlet morocco inlaid panel to front board with gilt-stamped designs and green and brown morocco inlays; blindstamp designs to outer border. Raised bands; gilt lettering and decorations to spine with angel blindstamp designs in compartments. All edges gilt. Gilt dentelles. Some minor bumping to the corners, offsetting from the turn-ins to the free endpapers. Inked sentiment from previous owner. Near fine.

    One of William Andrew Pogany's masterpieces of illustration and design, and certainly a high-water mark for Art Nouveau in the book arts. "Even the letter-press is from the artist's hand, and is reproduced by lithography, together with the border designs. Apart from the literary excellence of the work, it is a splendid piece of book-making" (The Dial, vol. 55, 1913). Pogany's work is further enhanced by this lavish Bumpus binding.

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