SOMMERVILLE, Frankfort. The Spirit of Paris. London, Adam and Charles Black, 1913.
8vo. Original olive-brown cloth with a pictorial design by G. Rion blocked in gilt and printed in pink, green and black on the spine and upper board, top edge gilt; pp. xii, 169, [2, advertisements], 20 colour-plate illustrations by various Parisian artists: G. Fraipont, Raphael Kirchner, G. Riom, Lucien Gautier, Maurice de Lambert & A. Marcel-Clement; apart from old ownership inscription to front fly-leaf, a very attractive copy.
First edition. 3000 copies, in the superior binding variant. Includes the amusing An Imaginary Conversation Serving as a Preface where Sommerville scripts a conversation between publisher and author justifying the need for a book capturing 'The Spirit of Paris'.
‘A & C Black’s Twenty Shilling series of colour plate books, published from 1901 onwards, brought the world into the home at a time when travel, especially overseas, was much more difficult than it is today. For the first time books containing large numbers of colour plates – up to 100 per volume – were made available to the public at an affordable price.’ (Inman)