Limited edition, number 150 of 200 copies printed. Signed by George Woolliscroft Rhead "for the brothers Rhead" to the limitation page. Folio. Handsomely bound in contemporary half brown morocco over marbled boards. The spine with five raised bands, titles in gilt and extensive Arts and Crafts style gilt floral decoration to the compartments. Top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. Marbled endpapers. Three green silk page markers bound in. Extensively decorated in black and white throughout with over 120 designs by the three Rhead brothers, including full page illustrations, smaller illustrations, head and tail-pieces and decorative borders to every page. A near fine copy, the binding square and firm. The contents with a small previous owner's ink inscription to the front free endpaper and a touch of foxing to the tissue-guard of the frontispiece are otherwise wonderfully clean and bright throughout. A superb copy.
An exquisitely produced edition of Bunyan's classic work, created collaboratively by Frederick, Louis and George Woolliscroft Rhead. The Rhead brothers - Frederick a potter, Louis an illustrator and graphic designer, and George a painter and designer - each contributed significantly to the development of the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts styles of the early twentieth century. The present work forms a wonderful showcase of their collective artistry, combining illustration, ornamentation and design. The beautiful Arts and Crafts movement binding compliments the volume perfectly, and is itself (although unsigned) a very high quality example of its type.
Stock code: 20388