(London: Cresset Press, 1930). 335 x 205 mm. (13 1/8 x 8"). 5 p.l., xv-xxiii, , 133 pp.,  leaf. No. 264 OF 350 COPIES on paper (and three on vellum).
Original vellum-backed cream-colored silk covers, flat spine gilt lettered, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. In the original ivory printed dust jacket (later enhanced neatly with color). Additional title and 12 illustrations (headpieces) by John Nash, colored by stencil process (title page and headpiece for January with colors enlivened by a previous owner). Ransom, p. 8. Front panel of dust jacket missing a 3/8" portion halfway across the top and with a significant adjacent closed tear, minor soiling, other trivial imperfections, but without restoration and otherwise excellent; the volume itself in very fine condition inside and out.
This appealing production from the Cresset Press is the earliest important work by Spenser, first published in 1579. Its 12 eclogues, which mostly take the form of dialogues among shepherds, deal with love, Queen Elizabeth, religion, right conduct, singing, and poetry. Although John Nash (1893-1977) was a remarkably versatile painter and illustrator, he is best remembered for his wood engravings, which grace a number of private press books. The uncommonly seen dust jacket is a bonus in its own right and for the protection it has provided the delicate silk boards, so easily soiled, but here remaining clean and bright. (ST12683-317)
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PJP Catalog: 67.103