Atalanta in Calydon:
A Tragedy.Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894 Stock Code: 140418
A fine copy of "one of the loveliest examples" of the Press's workFirst Kelmscott edition, one of 250 copies on paper; a further 8 copies printed on vellum were also issued. Swinburne was a warm admirer of the Kelmscott Press books, and "when Atalanta (which was first published in 1865) was reprinted by Morris, Swinburne wrote to him that it was 'certainly one of the loveliest examples of even your incomparable press'" (Peterson). While the woodcut opening, initials and borders are by William Morris, the Greek type used for the quotations and dedicatory poems was designed by Selwyn Image, with the technical assistance of Emery Walker. This is the only instance in the Kelmscott Press books of Morris using a type not designed himself.
Quarto. Original limp vellum, yapp edges, spine lettered in gilt, blue silk ties. Housed in a near-contemporary blue morocco pull-off case.
Printed in red and black with elaborate woodcut title page and woodcut initials and borders throughout.
Bookplate of Grolier Club book collector and printing press manufacturer Robert Hoe III (1839-1909) and of Brian Douglas Sitwell to front pastedown. Bookplate of Richard D. Friedlander loosely inserted. Minor inevitable rippling to pastedowns, vellum well-preserved, contents clean and bright, a fine copy in the rubbed case, bottom panel slightly loose.
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