Hammersmith, London: Kelmscott Press, 1893. First edition, one of 1500 copies, second impression with readings "Van Eyck" and "guilds" 16mo (5 5/8 x 4 inches; 143 x 104 mm). 37 leaves. Four- and six-line initials. Golden type. Original printed boards (rebacked to match, some soiling). 1-inch photo of Moris mounted on title, and another on rear blank flyleaf. Provenance: Agnes A. Holmes (1894 Easter inscription from her husband Bayard). Item #405996
This early Kelmscott title was printed in public demonstrations during the 1893 Arts and Crafts Exhibition held in the New Gallery, becoming one of the expositions's most popular attractions. The press had been moved there for demonstration purposes, and so the book "was printed in public, whose presence imposed a severe strain upon the pressman Collin's Celtic modesty" (Sparling, p. 87). This is the first appearance of the four-line initials and the first book Morris printed in the 16mo format. Peterson A18.
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