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Reade, Charles.  The cloister and the hearth. A tale of the Middle Ages. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1932. 8vo (24.9 cm, 9.8"). 2 vols. I: xv, [1], 367, [1] pp.; 15 plts. II: [6], 367–745, [3] pp.; 15 plts.

Dramatic historical novel featuring a scribe torn between his sweetheart and the Church, including a few genuine medieval figures such as Margaret Van Eyck and Gerard Gerardson (now better known as Erasmus). Originally published in 1861, this, the most popular of Reade's works, appears here in a Limited Editions Club rendition with introduction by Hendrik Willem Van Loon — who says the novel "survives today as a spiritual retreat for the weary" — and with => 30 photogravure plates of wash drawings done by Lynd Ward. The volume was designed by George Macy and printed by A. Colish on Hurlbut paper, and was bound by George McKibbin & Son in full brown duck cloth, "gold-stamped and printed in brown and orange from a design by Mr. Ward."
        This is numbered copy 26 of 1500 printed; it was => signed at the colophon by the artist.

Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 32. Publisher's brown and orange cloth as above, spines with gilt-stamped titles, slipcase and wrappers lacking; spines a little sunned and extremities with a little rubbing. Pages clean and fresh. => In fact a nice pair of these books.  (41547)   Please RESHELVE This.

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