SIR EDWARD BURNE JONES.

(London: George Newnes Limited, [1909]). 250 x 185 mm. (9 7/8 x 7 1/4"). 31 pp., followed by plates.

Elegant contemporary black crushed morocco, gilt, covers with pretty floral frame, raised bands, spine compartments with central lily framed by ivy, gilt titling, densely gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With 57 black and white reproductions of Burne-Jones paintings, tipped onto heavy stock. Joints a little worn, extremities lightly rubbed, a small dent to the head edges of rear board, one small marginal smudge, a couple of corner creases, otherwise an excellent copy, very clean and fresh in a lustrous binding.

This is a celebration of the work of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones (1833-98), described by DNB as "the most widely admired British painter of his generation." He is best known to bibliophiles for his collaborations with William Morris and his memorable woodcuts for great private press books, including the Kelmscott Chaucer. With a biographical essay by Malcolm Bell and photographic reproductions of paintings, it was part of the publisher's series on British artists. The handsome binding is unsigned, but was executed with taste and skill.
(ST13075e)