SOMETHING ABOUT A SOLDIER in a fine custom binding by Anthony Gardner. Mark HARRIS, ANTHONY GARDNER.

SOMETHING ABOUT A SOLDIER in a fine custom binding by Anthony Gardner

New York: MacMillan, 1957. First Edition. Hardcover. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper in 1961 for collector Saul Shapiro, whose bookplate is on the front pastedown. Mr. Shapiro collected signed Modern First Editions with a Jewish connection (the author, a character, subject matter, etc.) which he would have signed by the author and then rebound by a variety of fine binders. This title has an exceptional binding by British craft bookbinder Anthony Gardner in full brown morocco with elaborate blindstamping, gilt rules and lettering with a design featuring small gilt circles and stars on each cover. The front panel has a red morocco onlay in the shape of a cross set over the back of a standing soldier while the rear cover has a blue morocco cross over the back of a standing woman. At the top and bottom of both covers is an abbreviated version of the American flag accomplished in red, white, blue, and gold morocco onlays. The marbled endpapers resemble splatters of blood on a bluish background. Bound at the rear is the rear panel of the original dustwrapper as well as a colophon page imaginatively accomplished in a circle in Gardner's fine calligraphic hand explaining the symbolism of the binding and dating it to 1962 as well as numbering it as the 641st fine binding created by Gardner in his career. Laid in is an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED by the binder explaining in detail his philosophy of binding as well as his fees and relaying some facts about his career including the number of books he has bound for royalty. Fine in a superb custom binding. Item #012383

Price: $1,500.00