(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. With errata slip laid in at front. Peterson A-53; Ransom 53; Tomkinson, p. 121. A hint of browning to head edge of rear board, a touch of soiling to head of front board, four tiny black ink dots (from printing process?) to fore edge of two leaves, but A VERY FINE COPY--quite clean, fresh, and bright internally, and its fragile binding unusually well preserved.
This is one of the key Kelmscott books, and the last work to be issued by the press. 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 is the most important contemporaneous source of comment on the founding, operation, and publications of the Kelmscott Press. Peterson quotes Newdigate, who says that this is "one of the three books that every student of English book-production ought to read." This item appears in the marketplace with some regularity, but the present copy has been treated with care over the years and is in especially pleasing condition. (ST15984)
Add to Cart Price: $2,900.00
PJP Catalog: 76.214