Love Ballads of the XVIth Century

Book courtesy of Paulette and Stephen Modiano Pictures and comments courtesy of Paul Jackson.

Love Ballads of the XVIth Century

#42 of 100

1897

This book measures 8 1/2" x 5" and has 120 pages. The text body is Antiqua Old Style with the preface set in Monotype Series #16. The book was printed in two colors on Ruisdael paper with a cloth spine and paper over boards.  Many of the books have some, if not all, initial letters illuminated. McKenna states that there were 40 copies specially hand illumined but this book specifies in hand writing by Elbert Hubbard that 100 copies were specially illumined. Additionally, there is an edition of 80 not listed in McKenna. Interestingly, the edition of 80 that I have seen has virtually no extra illumination. There is also an unlimited edition printed and bound the same as the limited editions.
The regular edition of Love Ballads was advertised in the July 1897 Philistine as being bound in antique boards with a price of $2.00. Additionally it was listed again in the 1899 catalog still selling for $2.00.

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