1899 Scarce Limited Edition bound by Bayntun - The Grandissimes, A Story of Creole Life in New Orleans by George W. Cable. #105/204.
Author: George W. Cable.
Title: The Grandissime by George W. Cable with Illustrations by Albert Herter.
Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899. Limited first illustrated edition by Albert Herter on Japan paper. #105 of 204 copies.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 10 " X 7.5 ".
Pages: xi-491 pages.
Binding: Attractive and near fine half leather binding by Bayntun, finely bound in blue morocco leather with cloth on boards (hinges fine, overall slightly scuffed) under a protective removable mylar cover. Upper edge gilt. A very beautiful binding!
Content: Near fine content (bright, tight, and clean - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with all the twelve beautiful full-page photogravures and the eight in-text illustrations by Albert Herter.
The book: Rare and Attractive Limited first illustrated edition by Albert Herter on Japan paper and beautifully bound by Bayntun. "The Grandissimes" is a novel by George Washington Cable, first published in 1880. It is set in New Orleans in the early 19th century and explores the social and racial tensions of the time. The story revolves around the Grandissime family, a wealthy Creole family, and their relationships with other prominent families in the city. The novel explores themes of love, betrayal, social class, and race relations and features a diverse cast of characters from different backgrounds and social classes. The novel is considered an important work of American literature for its exploration of complex social issues and its portrayal of the multicultural society of New Orleans.
The author: George Washington Cable (October 12, 1844 – January 31, 1925) was an American novelist notable for the realism of his portrayals of Creole life in his native New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been called "the most important Southern artist working in the late 19th century", as well as "the first modern Southern writer." In his treatment of racism, mixed-race families and miscegenation, his fiction has been thought to anticipate that of William Faulkner.
The illustrator: Albert Herter (March 2, 1871 – February 15, 1950) was an American painter, illustrator, muralist, and interior designer. He was born in New York City, studied at the Art Students League with James Carroll Beckwith, then in Paris with Jean-Paul Laurens and Fernand Cormon.
The binder: George Bayntun was born in 1873 in Bath, England. After an apprenticeship, he began his own bookbinding business in Bath in 1894, binding books by hand with great craftsmanship. Although many binders were using machines in their process, Bayntun refused to use modern techniques.
In 1920, George Baynton purchased the business of George Gregory, Bookseller. The shop was frequently visited by Queen Mary throughout his final years.
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