[New York]. Jenson Society. 1907.
20 VOLUME SET, limited to an edition of 500, black and white photogravure frontispieces with titled tissue guards, single color plates, top edges gilt, fore edge uncut and occasionally unopened, marble paper endpapers, 8vo, half leather with marble paper-covered boards, gilt lettering and decoration on spines (hardbound). Light wear to head and tail of spine leather of all volumes, occasionally impinging on gilt decoration. The following volumes have more wear at the spine extremity: volume II (1/4 inch loss to head of spine), III (chip to leather at tail of spine, little loss at head), V abrasion to leather at tail of spine, VII little loss to leather at head of spine, X (chip to head of spine), XI (1/4 inch tear to head of spine), XX (chipping to leather at top of spine, wear at tail and small chip at mid spine). There is rubbing to marble paper along upper and lower edges, light bumping and wear to some corners. Despite these issues the gilt decorative spine work is bright and the set displays attractively. Number 165 of a limited edition of five hundred registered sets under the imprint of the Jenson Society (who more frequently published in a run of 1000), named for Nicholas Jenson "an important figure in the early history of printing and a pivotal force in the emergence of Venice as one of the first great centers of the printing press." (John Monfasani, The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 66, No. 2 (Jun., 1994), pp. 402-404). Item #46182