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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
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COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Published: London: The Arcadia Press, 1972

Stock code: 99434

Price: £2,450

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Signed limited edition, number 86 of 110 copies signed by the illustrator Errol Le Cain, the calligrapher David A. Howells, and the paper maker Philip H. Rowson. The contrast of Le Cain’s boldly colourful illustrations with the delicate quality of the pressed seaweed peppered throughout the text lends itself particularly well to the subject of Coleridge’s epic poem.

Folio. Original half vellum, handmade “seaweed” paper boards, spine with gilt titles direct, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, green endpapers, calligraphic-style text printed in green and black on handmade seaweed paper, made using a process in which seaweed is pressed into the paper, reproducing with striking likeness the transluscent quality of submarine flora. With the original cream paper slipcase. With 10 tipped-in colour plates. Two tiny white specks to front free endpaper due to production flaw; slipcase with minor rubbing to extremities and light bowing to fore edges. A bright and fresh copy.

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