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Author Name    Bosworth, Welles

Title   The Gardens of Kijkuit

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Very Good Minus

Type   Ex-Library

Size   4to - over 9" - 12" tall

Publisher    1919

Illustrator   Genthe, Arnold

Seller ID   007441

Privately printed by Norman T. A. Munder & Co., Baltimore, MD. Text by the estate architect Welles Bosworth and photography by the celebrated Arnold Genthe. Technically an ex-library copy but with very few of the usual ex-library markings. Quarter spine in red buckram and with semi-stiff olive drab paper hardbaords. Simple black-stamped title to the front board. Bound with purple ribbon ties; in essence stab-sewn in the Japanese manner. The purple ribbin is faded and at one point is cut. The paper boards are lightly soiled. Very gently abraded spine head and tail. Round corners, as issued. 12 x 9.25 inches. Text block firmly bound in. Handmade Japan-paper pastedowns in floral pattern of soft gray over ivory. With unnumbered pages, including three pages of introductory text and of text and illustrations. With approximately 52 full-page monochrome photoplates. Plates with explanatory text on the opposite page. A few plates with very light marginal fingering marks but on the whole the plates are very clean. Also present is a B&W fold-out General Plan of House and Gardens. Plan no longer bound in. Minor loss along the left margin, not into the plan itself. Tears beginning at the top and bottom of the page fold of the Plan. No library marks whatsoewver to the book binding. Upper corner of first FEP is torn off, less than 1" square. Piece is present if restoration is desired. Punched university library stamp to the title page and also to the colophon page. Accession number in tiny and neat ink hand to the first page of the foreward along the inner edge. Else a clean volume, with evidence of moderate shelf life. A Very Good Minus copy. Unstated limitation. Somewhat rare in any condition. This book features the gardens at Kijkuit, a John D. Rockefeller country estate near Tarrytown, NY. Kijkuit -- meaning look-out -- was the name given by the 17th century Dutch settlers to the hill-top on which the Rockefeller country estate was eventually built.

Price = 195.00 USD

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