This is a facsimile reprint of the Tallone Press masterpiece, the Odes of John Keats, originally printed in Paris in 1935. Now available on quality paper in its original 9 x 12 inch format in 20 point Caslon type, the reprint provides lovers of John Keats's poetry the same experience offered bibliophiles in the early 20th century. The 104-page book was designed and printed on letterpress by Alberto Tallone with Caslon foundry type generated from metal punches cut by William Caslon himself in the early 18th century. Only 140 copies of the first edition were published and just two are in North America: the Newberry Library in Chicago and Houghton Library at Harvard University. In England, only the British Library carries the first edition. This is the first time in 75 years the title has been reprinted. Edited by Professor B. Ifor Evans of London University, the book includes all 14 odes of John Keats - from Ode to Pan, Ode to Apollo and Lines to Fanny, along with the more famous efforts, such as Ode to a Nightingale, Ode on Melancholy and To Autumn. The reprint offers a new Afterword by Enrico Tallone, current head of Tallone Editore, which delineates how Odes came to fruition in the middle of the Great Depression. Roderick Cave wrote of Odes in Matrix, the journal of fine printing, in 1994: "To my mind, the large quarto Tallone Keats is in the same class as the Cranach Press edition of Hamlet or the Golden Cockerel edition of Four Gospels, but with the added distinction that its success depends entirely on the skills of the compositor and pressman."
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