([Chipping Campden]: Essex House Press, 1905). 195 x 130 mm. (7 3/4 x 5"). 75,  pp. ONE OF 125 COPIES, all ON VELLUM (this copy unnumbered).
Limp vellum, flat spine with gilt titling. With hand-colored frontispiece by Reginald Savage after Laurence Housman and hand-painted initials by Annie Power, hand-colored printer's device in colophon. Ransom, p. 269; Tomkinson, p. 77. One small pink stain where red paint used for an initial bled slightly, otherwise a fine copy, the vellum leaves clean, creamy, and bright, and the binding unworn.
This is the 13th in the series of 14 "Great Poems" produced by Essex House Press, and is one of the scarcer works in that group. Only the Shelley "Adonais," the first of the series, was printed in a smaller quantity than the Tennyson "Maud." Essex House Press was founded by C. R. Ashbee and Laurence Hodson in 1898, with the aim of carrying on the revival of hand printing led by William Morris' Kelmscott Press. To that end, they acquired the Albion press and other equipment (but not the types) used by Kelmscott, which had closed after Morris' death, and proceeded to publish finely printed books for 12 years. The initials here were hand-painted by Anastasia "Annie" Power, who also supervised the bindery for Ashbee's Guild of Handicraft. Our copy is not in the standard publisher's binding (stiff vellum with embossed rose on front cover) used for the volumes in the "Great Poems" series. Its simple limp vellum binding--very like those used for Doves Press books--combined with its unnumbered state--suggests that it may have been done for one of the people directly involved in the project rather than being for sale. (CCS1906)
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PJP Catalog: 76.236