(Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1923). 438 x 311 mm. (17 1/4 x 12 1/4"). 2 p.l., 406,  pp. ONE OF 150 PAPER COPIES for sale, of a total of 180 (plus 12 copies printed on vellum).
Original calf-backed thick vellum boards, raised bands, gilt spine titling, untrimmed edges. In a (quite worn and faded) calf-backed clamshell box. Printer's device in colophon. Printed in red, black, and blue. Hornby 32; Franklin, pp. 144-46, 240-41. Just a hint of rubbing at spine ends, three corners lightly bumped, vellum with variations in color and grain (tending toward a pale orange, with a number of cloudy darker areas), otherwise a very fine copy, the wear to the binding negligible, the spine leather extremely bright, and pristine internally.
Franklin says that, along with the "Minor Poems," this is the masterpiece among the impressive Ashendene folios. He says, "Spenser's large folios were the last in Subiaco, and the best. 'Monumental' suggests bombast, which would be quite wrong; these books become eloquent by small felicities and discretion." The leaves here are of a larger size than any previously used at the Press, and this fact, along with the clean gothic typeface and substantial binding, make the volume a pleasure to handle and read. The vellum used for this publisher's binding varies widely in how much it becomes discolored; the spine is almost never found in rich, lustrous brown (as here), and it is very often conspicuously worn. (ST12683-055b)
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PJP Catalog: NY16BF.004