One of Just 50 Copies, Inscribed by the Poet to Publisher A. L. Humphreys

THROUGH THE GATEWAY.

(London: Essex House Press, 1900). 150 x 110 mm. (6 x 4 1/2"). 4 p.l. (first blank), 48 pp., [1] leaf (colophon). No. 33 OF 50 COPIES privately printed for the author.

Original stiff vellum, yapp edges, flat spine with gilt titling. Front flyleaf WITH A PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION FROM THE AUTHOR to A. L. Humphreys dated Feb. 1902. Ransom, p. 265; Tomkinson, p. 69. Vellum a little soiled and tending to splay slightly, minor thumb smudge to two initial blank leaves, two small light brown stains (glue?) to gutter margin of d1r, otherwise a fine copy, clean and bright internally.

This is a presentation copy of the 10th work issued by the Essex House Press, a very strictly limited collection of verse privately printed in December 1900 for poet, scholar, and bibliophile Francis William Bourdillon (1852-1921); it is inscribed by him to bookseller and publisher Arthur Lee Humphreys (1865-1946), a partner at Hatchards of Piccadilly. Essex House Press was founded by C. R. Ashbee, with financial support from Laurence Hodson, in 1898, with the aim of carrying on the revival of hand printing led by William Morris' Kelmscott Press. To that end, the press 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.
(CCS1913)

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PJP Catalog: 76.196

THROUGH THE GATEWAY. ESSEX HOUSE PRESS, FRANCIS WILLIAM BOURDILLON.
THROUGH THE GATEWAY.

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