Cleveland: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1924. First edition Limited edition. Hardcover. 45/300. Folio. 294pp., 52 plates. Original half vellum over marbled boards with gilt lettering on cover, black lettering on spine; housed in a matching marbled slipcase. Frontispiece engraving. Red and black title page. Historiated red initials. Half-title for each section with red vignette.
This large paper edition of the Catalogue of the Severance Collection of Arms and Armor has been prepared for presentation to a limited number of collectors of armor, art museums and public libraries. The edition is limited to three hundred copies of which this is No. 45 presented to Mr. and Mrs. Kenyon V. Painter. It was printed by the Artcraft Printing Company Cleveland, Ohio. The larger part of this collection was acquired from Frank Gair Macomber of Boston, in 1916. Pieces have been added from time to time, under the wise guidance of Dr. Bashford Dean.
Contents: Suits of Armor, Helmets and Parts of Helmets, Body Armor, Chain Mail, Swords, Guns and Gun Parts, Primers, Powder Flasks, and Spanners, Crossbows, Winders, and Bolts, pole Arms, Daggers, Stilettos, and Knives, Horse Armor, Maces, Shields, Banners and Odd Pieces, Armorers' Names and Marks, Glossary, Index.
Illustrated with 52 photogravure plates after photographs by Edd A. Ruggles who has also been most helpful in advice regarding the typography. Additional drawings by Theodore Sizer of details and the drawings for the armorers' marks in the text, all of which are reproduced full size, unless otherwise noted. Business card of Mr. and Mrs. John Long Severance laid in.
Slipcase with wear along edges, chips on boards and spine firmly attached only to back joint. Binding with light wear along edges and three inch tear at bottom of front joint. Vellum rubbed. Stamp of Mrs. Kenyon V. Painter on inside covers. Block uncut at bottom and foredge. Slipcase in overall poor, binding in good, interior in very good, plates in fine condition. poor to fine. Item #44233