[MOUNTENEY, Leonard, binder]. LOUŸS, Pierre (1870-1925). Songs of Bilitis. Chicago: Argus Books, 1931.
8vo. Numerous illustrations after drawings by Denton. Blue crushed levant morocco, sides with borders of gilt fillets, floral tools gilt, and overall diaper-pattern background gilt, all surrounding a central vignette within gilt foliate border, ivory morocco onlay gilt depicting a woman under a trellis of red morocco onlay flowers gilt, gilt butterflies and insects, spine in five compartments with five raised bands, gilt-lettered in three, the remaining two compartments of varying size with red morocco onlay and gilt floral design, board edges gilt, wide turn-ins gilt, red watered silk doublures and endpapers, stamp-signed: "Designed & Finished by L. Mounteney"; folding case.
ELABORATELY BOUND BY LEONARD MOUNTENEY, presumably during his tenure with the Cuneo Press Fine Binding Studio. Mounteney was well-regarded for his exhibition bindings. He worked as an extra finisher at Rivière in London until 1924, when he joined the Extra Bindery at R. R. Donnelley in Chicago. He left Donnelley in 1926 to join Cuneo's hand bindery, also in Chicago. (For other bindings by the Cuneo Fine Binding Studio, see lots 284 and 290.) A SUPERB EXAMPLE.
Estimate$2,000 - $3,000
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