Very Good. Item #6571
London: William Heinemann, 1900. First Thus. Octavo; xvi + 270pp. Ninety-four illustrations by John Pennell, comprising 12 hand-pulled photogravures; 32 full-page B&W reproductions of watercolors and sketches on coated paper; and 50 small B&W reproductions of watercolors and sketches as head- and tail-pieces and within the preliminary matter.
Bound in half leather and brown linen by Rivière & Son of London; their stamp at bottom edge of ffep verso. Spine with six raised bands; gilt lettering and ornamental borders within compartments. Gold rules at borders of leather and linen on panels. Gilt top edge of textblock. Marbled endpapers. Panel corners slightly bumped with minimally eroded leather; panel bottom edges show shelf-scuffing. Foxing appears only on photogravures (which are bound in, not tipped in) and their immediately adjacent leaves. Many pages unopened.
The photogravures are finely reproduced, with deep plate impressions. Pennell's illustrations capture the architecture of an urban and monumental south central France just before a century of war and tourism—of which James was an early scout—would alter many village- and townscapes.