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Without Prejudice.

ROLFE (Frederick, Baron Corvo).

ROLFE (Frederick, Baron Corvo).

Without Prejudice. One Hundred Letters from Frederick William Rolfe "Baron Corvo" to John Lane. Edited with an Introduction by Cecil Woolf and Privately Printed for Allen Lane.

Title printed in red and black, four illustrations and two facsimiles of letters.

First Edition. 8vo. [252 x 160 x 15 mm]. [5]ff, 9-119, [1] pp. Bound by Roger Powell in green goatskin, the covers with the title lettered in gilt in five lines at the head, the spine with a single band towards the head and lettered downwards in gilt, lemon and light blue endleaves, top edge gilt, others uncut.
[Westerham Press, Kent] Christmas 1963.

Privately printed and limited to 600 copies. The book was designed by Hans Schmoller. The binding is unsigned and undated but it came from the personal collection of Roger Powell, and was sold with the contents of his bindery and his books at Bonhams, Knowle, 23/11/2005 as part of lot 501. Powell held on to a number of his own bindings, some of which he had previously gifted to family members. The binding has the outwards appearance of classic Powell binding, with the decoration confined to hand lettering. However, it does not open freely and the endleaves have partly lifted from the inside of the covers. It may have been an experimental binding (I have not seen these endleaves used again) or it could have been forwarded by one of Powell's assistants.

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