LIBERTY, Sir Arthur Lasenby. Springtime in the Basque Mountains. London, Grant Richards, 1901.
Small 4to. Original light blue cloth, lettered and decorated on black; pp. xx, 299, highly illustrated with plates by the author's wife, Emma, mostly after photographs, numerous maps in black and red; minimal spotting to endpapers and a few plates; a very good copy.
Uncommon first edition, the issue for private circulation, presentation copy inscribed by the author on half-title, of one of the best early books on the Basque country, on both sides of the Pyrennees in the English language. This copy contains 'the persoal portraits [which] are only included [one hotel bill as well] in the copies issued for private circulation' (p. xviii). Furthermore this copy has a slip printed in red before half-title, reading: Apology. After the illustrations hed been passed for press, the majority of the blocks were accidentally injured by damp, and this was, most unfortunately, not noticed before publication. A. L. L. The printrun was therefore rather limited. The founder of the textile design retailer Liberty travelled with his wife and other members of the family to this rarely visited (apart from Biarritz) part of Western Europe, climbed a few mountains and crossed several passes. The travellers payed attention to traditional design of everyday objects, struggled with the language and cover pretty much the entire Basque Country on both sides of the Pyrenees.