Order Nr. 46061 THE HISTORY OF OLIVER AND ARTHUR.
THE HISTORY OF OLIVER AND ARTHUR.
THE HISTORY OF OLIVER AND ARTHUR.
THE HISTORY OF OLIVER AND ARTHUR.
With the very scarce slipcase

THE HISTORY OF OLIVER AND ARTHUR.

(Rogers, Bruce).
  • (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1903).
  • small 4to.
  • quarter linen with linen corners, dark green textured paper sides, paper spine label, slipcase.
  • (xvi), cviii, (iv) pages.
  • ISBN: none

Price: $425.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 46061

Limited to 330 copies printed at the Riverside Press, Cambridge. (Warde 39; Work of Bruce Rogers 95; Blumenthal p.17). Small slight born stain on spine label. The (very scarce) slipcase has some minor rubbing along corners and edges and is lightly faded. Overall the book is in near fine condition. Has an extra slipcase title label tipped in at rear.

This book is an excellent example of Bruce Rogers' allusive style (where he designed the book in a style appropriate to the period in which it was written.) In this case, Rogers has chosen to illustrate the book with woodcuts, evocative of the period, placed in the text. The book is printed in two columns with the Priory Text font. This is one of three books Rogers did in black-letter for the Riverside Press. Chapter headings, major initial letters, and page numbers are printed in red.The title page is printed with red swash lettering and a woodcut in black. The colophon is also printed in red with Bruce Rogers' initials and a classic thistle design. This is the first English translation of the tale originally written in French in 1511. The tale is of interest in its own right, and doubly so because it apparently is based on the same tale as William Morris' The Friendship of Amis and Amile.