London: George Redway, 1896. First edition. 8vo, x, 108 pp, rebound in full black leather in a snakeskin pattern, with 4 raised bands at the spine, with the motif from the original binding pasted down onto the cover, with glassine interleaved between each original page, perhaps to preserve the original sheets and provide bulk for the binding. Illustrated with a color frontispiece and six more color plates within (lacking one plate). Collated and otherwise complete with all pages present, but all heavily brittle, chipped, and torn with loss.
A poor copy of the rare first edition, but in a most unusual binding of full black leather in a snakeskin pattern. No ownership marks are present in the book. An intriguing mystery. Item #29353