(Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1898). 210 x 150 mm. (8 1/4 x 5 3/4"). 4 p.l. (including two blanks), 70 pp.,  leaf (colophon). ONE OF 525 COPIES on paper (and 12 on vellum).
Original holland-backed blue paper boards. Elaborate borders around frontispiece and first page of text, the frontispiece drawn by Edward Burne-Jones and cut by William Morris, large decorative woodcut initials, device on last page of text, and one full-page woodcut of ornaments used in the Kelmscott edition of "Love is Enough." Printed in red and black. Peterson A-53; Ransom 53; Tomkinson, p. 121. Slight separation at gutter between first two quires (but the binding entirely sound), a breath of rubbing to corners, otherwise A VERY FINE COPY, quite clean and fresh inside and out.
Morris tells us here about his admiration for 15th century printed books, saying that "they were always beautiful by force of the mere typography, even without the added ornament, with which many of them are so lavishly supplied." And he says that "it was the essence of [his] undertaking to produce books which it would be a pleasure to look upon as pieces of printing and arrangement of type." This volume is the last to be printed by the Kelmscott Press, and it is the most important contemporaneous source of comment on its founding, operation, and publications. Peterson quotes Newdigate, who says that this is "one of the three books that every student of English book-production ought to read." Copies of the book in fine condition are increasingly difficult to find. (ST13642)
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