May 20, 2021 12:00 EST

Books and Manuscripts

 
  Lot 27
 

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[Fine Binding] [Adams, Katharine] Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Essays

Hammersmith: The Doves Press, 1906. Limited edition, one of 300 unnumbered copies. 8vo. 311, (1) pp. Preface by Thomas Carlyle. Printed in red and in black. Strikingly bound in full green morocco, elaborately stamped in gilt with elaborate foliate arabesque patterning, spine and extremities browned; all edges gilt; by Katharine Adams; two book-plates on front paste-down; in grey fall-down-back box.

Katharine Adams (1862-1952) was a noted English bookbinder who trained briefly with both Sarah Prideaux and T.J. Cobden-Sanderson in London in 1897 before setting up her own workshop. She enjoyed the patronage of several private presses including the Doves Press, the Ashendene Press, and the Kelmscott Press. Her most significant works date from the first quarter of the 20th century, although she continued to bind books until her death. Her tools, all handmade by her, are now at the British Library.

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Hammersmith: The Doves Press, 1906. Limited edition, one of 300 unnumbered copies. 8vo. 311, (1) pp. Preface by Thomas Carlyle. Printed in red and in black. Strikingly bound in full green morocco, elaborately stamped in gilt with elaborate foliate arabesque patterning, spine and extremities browned; all edges gilt; by Katharine Adams; two book-plates on front paste-down; in grey fall-down-back box.

Katharine Adams (1862-1952) was a noted English bookbinder who trained briefly with both Sarah Prideaux and T.J. Cobden-Sanderson in London in 1897 before setting up her own workshop. She enjoyed the patronage of several private presses including the Doves Press, the Ashendene Press, and the Kelmscott Press. Her most significant works date from the first quarter of the 20th century, although she continued to bind books until her death. Her tools, all handmade by her, are now at the British Library.

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