STAUFFER, David McNeely, & Mantle FIELDING
American Engravers upon Copper and Steel
New York [vols I and II] and Philadelphia [vol.III]: Grolier Club [vols. I and II], 1907-1917. 3 volumes (including the "Supplement"), octavo. (9 3/8 x 6 1/4 inches). Vols. I and II: titles in brown and black, half-titles. 43 plates (2 folding), half-titles; "Supplement": half-title. 3 plates.
Contemporary blue morocco gilt, covers with elaborate overall design of gilt fillets strapwork and cornerpieces with scrolling foliage and pointillé work, spines in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth compartments, the others with elaborate overall repeat decoration, blue morocco turn-ins and pastedowns with panelled decoration in gilt, silver/grey watered-silk doublures, neat repairs to hinges of one volume.
Provenance: Frederick W. Skiff (1867-1947, bibliophile, author and Grolier Club member, bookplate)
The finely-bound Skiff set of Stauffer's standard work on the subject, including Fielding's supplement.
The first two volumes are from an edition of 353 sets, this set one of 350 printed on "imported mold-made paper." The first volume is sub-titled "Biographical sketches illustrated" and includes the 43 plates; vol. II is sub-titled "Check-list of the works of the earlier engravers." Mantle Fielding's work is a supplement to both of the earlier volumes and is limited to 220 copies signed by the author, this copy numbered 131.