1st edition, 2nd state. Complete text with original color plates but with custom leather cover. Original artwork and letters were replicated by leather artist with ink on the leather cloth with same images. Book cover then created with external leather attached.. Original text then were attached to the cover and old paper were used for end papers.
Almost 50% of this title first editions found without spines or with damaged covers. In order to save books I believe this might be one of the way that book can be preserved and properly displayed.
Other dealers were used similar approach, but did not put necessary effort. Example of the last image below can be found by famous book binder Peter Harrington in London., that displays his book. Here is his description from Abebooks
Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full green morocco, title decoration and raised bands to spine gilt, rules to boards gilt, pictorial decoration to front board gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Original cloth spine and front board bound in at the back. Asking price: $8100.
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