The King of The Golden River courtesy of Boice Lydell
Pictures and commentary courtesy of Roycroft Historian Boice Lydell
The King of the Golden River
John Ruskin, 1900
#2 of 40 copies. Binding by Louis Kinder.
This book measures 7 7/8" x 5 3/4" and has 75 pages. The text body was set in Caslon Old Style and the edition of 40 shown above was printed on Imperial Japan Vellum. The regular edition and the specially illumined edition of 350 were printed on Boxmoor paper. Most of the books in all editions were bound in suede. The edition of 350 is suede with a wallet edge and some of the edition of 40 were bound in full Levant and probably 3/4 Levant also.
The edition of 40 printed on Japan vellum (probably bound in
suede) sold for $10.00 in the 1900 catalog. No mention is made of the full
Levant edition. The 1901 catalog lists an edition deluxe at $20.00, but I doubt
it was in this Kinder binding. The 1902 catalog lists a 3/4 Levant bound Golden
River for $20.00. The 1903 catalog lists a full Levant King of the Golden
River for $50.00
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