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REYNARD THE FOX : De Sanctis : Kaulbach.

Published by Swan Sonnenschein 1886. (1886)

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From: Adam Mills Rare Books (Cambridge, United Kingdom)

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About this Item: Swan Sonnenschein 1886., 1886. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Author's Presentation Copy to Matthew Boulton.* Original blue cloth with elaborate pictorial gilt decoration. Sq.8vo, c.pp168 t.e.g., slight wear, excellent bright attractive copy. With decorative initials + vignettes + 40 full-page plates after Kaulbach's celebrated illustrations. ** 2nd Edition - but the first printing of the useful 4pp Preface discussing the various historical editions of Reynard The Fox. Kaulbach's delightful anthropomorphic work originally illustrated Goethe's 1845 Reineke Fuchs : the illustrations 'ingeniously catch the mood of animal satire' [Harthan : Illustrated Book]. See NUC listing 1 copy only of the 1st de Sanctis Edition 1884 - issued without the Preface. And see NUC noting 3 copies only of this 2nd Edition. See BL listing the 1st Edition only : no edition in CUL. ** The flourished inscription is to 'M. P. W. Boulton Esq. with many thanks for his interesting volume. The Authoress'. ** Matthew Piers Watt Boulton 1820 - 1894, the philosopher, scientist and inventor, came from a distinguished engineering family whose enormous success had led to the purchase of the outstanding estate of Great Tew Park in the Cotswolds. Boulton's father and grandfather, pioneering figures in the Industrial Revolution, had been in partnership with James Watt, the inventor of the steam engine. The present Boulton (named after James Watt) was himself notable for his work on engines and on early aeronautics, particularly his invention of the aileron, a key feature of all flying machines from pioneering times to today. He was also a classicist and a member of the Metaphysical Society. He wrote many scientific and aeronautical papers, as well as verse translations of Homer 1875, Virgil 1877, and the German poet Heine 1880. Perhaps it is this latter volume to which Mme de Sanctis refers in her inscription. The Boultons' library at Great Tew was sold at auction in 1987. **** To order this book, please click the link Ask Bookseller A Question. We can then confirm availability and give you an accurate quote for postage, and also discuss any special requirements you may have. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 7123

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