POETICAL WORKS

[Kelmscott Press] Shelley Percy Bysshe

Published by Hammersmith By William Morris at the Kelmscott Press 21 August, 1895
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3 volumes. Limited Edition, of which only 250 copies printed on paper. Beautifully printed in William Morris’ ‘Golden’ type, one of the tree typefaces he designed himself, a stunning double-page title with wood-cut border designed by Morris, numerous and large woodcut initials, some quite ornate, printing in red and black, all in the finest of the Kelmscott Press’ style on fine hand-made paper with the Flower watermark. Tall thick 8vos, in the original bindings of full limp vellum with yap edges, gilt lettered on the spines. In sturdy and very attractive separate slipcases of marbled paper over boards. 399; 412; 421 pp. A very fine and very beautiful set, especially well preserved and presented. FIRST EDITION IN ESPECIALLY FINE CONDITION AND AN EXQUISITE PRINTING FROM WILLIAM MORRIS AT HIS KELMSCOTT PRESS. The text, edited by F.S. Ellis from the best former editions, is set in Morris’ fine Golden Type, one of the three he designed himself. The type was cut by Edward P. Prince in an exhausting effort that took nearly a year to complete. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: POETICAL WORKS
Publisher: Hammersmith By William Morris at the Kelmscott Press 21 August, 1895

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KELMSCOTT PRESS.) SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.
Published by Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895 (1895)
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Book Description Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895, 1895. 3 volumes, octavo. Original limp vellum, yapped edges, silk decorations at head and foot of joints, fore edges uncut, issued without ties. Small library bookplate of Thomas D. Murphy to each volume. A spot of foxing to edges, an exceptional set. Woodcut title page, borders, and foliate initials. Vols. II and III with some rubrication. First Kelmscott edition, one of 250 paper copies, from an edition of 256 (six copies on vellum were also issued). The book was printed using Golden type, the first of three types designed by William Morris himself; it took Edward P. Prince almost a year to cut the punches, between January and December 1890. As an experiment the usual silk ties were not used; this is the only Kelmscott book so issued. A beautiful set, featuring "some of the loveliest lyrics in English, together with longer poems unsurpassed in beauty and grandeur. from the pen of this visionary, half-unearthly man" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 559). Peterson A29. Seller Inventory # 129034

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