London: John Rodker for Subscribers, 1927. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. Item #23498
Twelve volumes in Four. "The edition of 1,000 copies on all rag paper was printed by Messrs. Molyneux . The copper plate engravings are by Hester Sainsbury and have been printed and hand coloured by Messrs. A. Alexander and Sons, Ltd." Vols. 2-12 printed by Richard Clay and Sons, Ltd. This set unnumbered.
A delightful unsigned full leather vbinding of rust colored morocco. Spine titles in gilt. Spines and boards tooled in blind with triple rectangular frames on which a double oval frame is tooled, the margins outside the frams tastefully tooled in dots. The upper boards of each volume with black onlays in a simple art deco design. Top edges gilt. A fine set. With the engraved armorial bookplates of Frederick Walter Fell Clark.
v. 1. The lessons of a bawd, of Damodaragupta -- v. 2. The harlot's breviary, of Kshemendra -- v. 3. The book of women, of Fazil-Bey. The education of wives, from the Persian -- v. 4. The young wives' tale, from the Arabic of Amor ben Amar. Tales of Fez, from the Arabic -- v. 5. The loves of Rādhā and Krishna, from the Bengali of Chandīdāsa. Amores of Amaru and Mayūra, from the Sanskrit -- v. 6. Love stories and gallant tales, from the Chinese -- v. 7. Comrade-loves of the Samurai / by Saïkaku Ebara. Songs of the Geishas -- v. 8. Ninety short tales of love and women, from the Arabic -- v. 9. The loves of Dāsīn and Musa-ag-Amāstān, from the Tamashek. Camel-boy rhythms, from the Arabic -- v. 10. Love tales of Cambodia. Songs of the love nights of Lao -- v. 11-12. Anthology of Eastern love.