130 pages. 4.5 x 11 cm. Limited edition, one of 525 copies. printed in Chaucer type in black and red with wood-cut title page, borders and initials. A medieval French tale translated by Morris. Full "cafe-au-lait" crushed morocco with an exceedingly handsome design in the French style, impressed on the side in gilt and in blind. With a geometric border of gilt and blind lines interlaced, gilt paneled back, inner dentelles, doublures of red levant with end-leaves of ribbed brown silk -- Bound by Lortic. PETERSON A26. Fine. Aeg. Housed in repaired brown cloth box. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Tale Of The Emperor Coustans And Of Over...
Publisher: Kelmscott Press
Publication Date: 1894
Book Description 1894. [ONE OF 525 COPIES] (of an edition of 545 copies) printed on handmade paper, lacking half-title and first title-page, wood-engraved border to first text-page andsecond title-page, letterpress printed in red and black in the Chaucer type, a few handling marks with some bleed-through of red ink and some off-setting of same, a little waterstaining to edge of initial blank, pp. [iv], 130, foolscap 8vo, variant binding of full blue boards, darkened to borders with a tiny amount of wear to corners, upper board and underlying endpapers rippled from water damage, some dust (or possibly soot, see below) soiling to untrimmed edges, sound. The condition requires excuse, and finds such in a note to the flyleaf by Charles W. Home McCall - the printer at the Ballantyne Press - who writes: 'This little volume passed through the fire at the Ballantyne Press, London. Chas. W. Home McCall'. A later gift inscription from McCall's wife Dorothy, styling herself 'the Old Woman' is below. The fire and water damage is not the only curious thing about it, as the binding is at variance with the expected quarter-holland; it was clearly bound thus at the time of the fire on 9th December 1899. Why it should be at the Press is another matter for conjecture, and perhaps it is significant here that Morris's work was the 'stylistic stimulus' (Watry p. 32) for Charles Ricketts' Vale Press books, printed by the McCalls at the Ballantyne Press - in fact, the binding is of the sort more commonly found on some of the smaller Vale Press volumes. (Peterson A26; Forman 153). Bookseller Inventory # 58379