London: Philip Lee Warner Publisher to the Medici Society/ Riccardi Press, 1909. Authorized Edition [Limited edition]. Hardcover. 1/17. Quarto. [7 leaves] 16pp. [23 leaves]. Limp vellum binding with gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. Green string ties. Copy #6 from a limited edition of 17 copies printed on vellum leaves, hand numbered on the colophon at the front. Illustrated title page, as well as the publisher's device on the half-title, both in blue. White ribbon marker.
A gorgeously printed edition of the biblical Song of Songs (Song of Solomon), illustrated with images by acclaimed Scottish artist William Russell Flint (1880-1969). The first section contains a table of contents, list of illustrations and the full seven chapters of the biblical text. This is followed by a section of 10 finely printed color gravure plates, after original images by Flint, depicting verses from the text. Each image is tipped in on a leaf of Riccardi paper, tissue guarded, and preceded by a captioned leaf on vellum, stating the quote, chapter and verse. Sporadic minor damp staining to a few leaves, but all images are clean and vibrant. Binding in near fine, interior in very good+ condition overall.
A complete addition suit of duplicate plates. Housed in a grey buckram portfolio with gilt lettering on the front cover. Each of the ten plates are likewise printed finely in color gravure, tipped in, and are protected with a captioned tissue guard. Some of the tissue guards are lightly rippled due to exposure to moisture. A few of the tissue guards with minor creasing and/or closed tears along the edges. All images clean and bright. Light damp staining to the interior flaps of the portfolio. vg+ to near fine. Item #51009