(JAPONISANTE BINDINGS). HOLMES, Oliver Wendell and William D. Howells, ~ [Essays and Novels]. Edinburgh: [University Press], David Douglas 1882-5.
10 works bound in 6 vols, 16mo (128 × 90 mm). Bound in contemporary French relures japonisantes, gilt, morocco spine labels. Spines slightly darkened with some chips, the sides fine and bright.
A group reliures japonisantes on a series of Edinburgh-printed ‘Author’s Edition’ copies of these two American authors. This style of binding, with characteristic embossed gilt paper covers in Japanese style became a bibliophilic vogue in the 1880s, reflecting the tremendous enthusiasm for all things Japanese in contemporary Paris. It is most unusual to find them in this context, on a group of popular American titles:
HOLMES, Oliver Wendell. The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table. 1883. pp. xlviii, 212; 256, (without half-titles) [and] HOWELLS, William D. Their Wedding Journey and A Chance Acquaintance. 1882, pp. 320; 303, ; The Undiscovered Country, 1882, pp. 250; 4 pages of ads, 269, ; The Lady of Aroostook. 1882, pp. 204 191, ; The Rise of Silas Lapham. 1885, pp. 330; 320, ; A Forgone Conclusion. A Counterfeit Presentment and The Parlour Car. 1882, pp. 316; 228.