Sold: Aucassin & Nicolete Error Text W W Denslow Wizard of Oz 1899 Book Roycroft


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Here is another attractive early Roycroft title, “Aucassin & Nicolete”, a love story by Andrew Lang. Published by the Roycrofters/Roycroft Shop in 1899.  This copy special in that is the earliest state of the text with the misprint “Yes” instead of “Yea” on p. 24. On a High Shelf author Ogle says “This error is one of the very few cases  in which a typographic variation, or “point,” can be used to clarify the precedence of issues in a Roycroft book.”  91 numbered pages, about 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″. Aucassin was issued with two different cover designs by the Roycrofters; this design of a knight and lady on horseback is by W W Denslow, with his tiny seahorse logo in the lower right hand corner. According to Ogle, specimens with the Denslow color embossment are believed to be the earliest of the binding states. Denslow also designed the illumined leading initials throughout the text. See my article on Denslow and the Roycrofters in the Spring 2015 Baum Bugle.

This book has a beautiful suede cover, and fine gold silk endpapers.  Printed on Roycroft paper watermarked with Denslow’s seahorse Roycroft logo–see last image. There is one large hand-illumined initial on the page with the error.

As usual due to age, the leather has faded from green to tan but is still soft, with one little stain at left and small tear to portion of leather overhang at top of spine. Internally, in nice condition with endpaper about 1/2 split at hinge, binding still firm. Pages with some age toning but in very good condition overall. Silk bookmark present with end frayed.  A quite nice copy overall and a lovely Roycroft/Oz cross-collectible. Photos and description by Wonderful Books of Oz, copyright protected through the DMCA act of 1998.