Apr 09, 2015 - Sale 2379

Sale 2379 - Lot 317

Price Realized: $ 688
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MILLAIS, JOHN GUILLE. Life of Frederick Courtney Selous, D.S.O. . . . Fourth Impression. Frontispiece; 16 full-page illustrations. 387 pages. 8vo, 216x141 mm, red morocco circa 1920 by Riviere and Son with gilt big-game hunting motifs stamped from specially-made dies after designs by Millais, joints rubbed and partly cracked; contents clean. London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1919

Additional Details

first edition, third printing, of a biography of the famed explorer and big-game hunter (1851-1917), in a custom binding designed by millais for the American conservationist Charles Sheldon (1867-1928), a friend and Yukon hunting companion of Selous. According to a note by a former owner, only four examples of the binding were produced.
Accompanying the book are a pencil drawing on paper by Millais of the binding decorations, signed and dated 1920, 200x170 mm, with horizontal crease across the center; and 2 ALsS from Millais to Sheldon concerning the production of the binding and other matters, one page and 4 pages, Compton Brow, Horsham, 3 March 1920 and nd.