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 WW Denslow, with his tiny seahorse logo in the lower right hand corner. According to Ogle, specimens with the Denslow cover 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, some watermarked with Denslow’s seahorse Roycroft logo.
In excellent condition, with suede in great shape except for some scuffing on rear cover. Yapp edges still intact and beautiful. Interior is beautiful, hinges tight, pages intact and unmarked. Some of the top edges of leaves uncut. Silk bookmark present but with end frayed. A stunning copy overall and a nice way to start your Oz-related Roycroft collection. Photos and description by Wonderful Books of Oz, copyright protected through the DMCA act of 1998.