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  1. 132045
    First edition, one of 600 paper copies (a further 12 copies were done on vellum). Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair was Morris's re-imagining of the medieval Lay of Havelock the Dane, and part of his series of magic-realist prose romances, set in imaginary historic landscapes. Learn More
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  2. 126162
    First edition of this rare collection of poems by Mary Elizabeth Southwell Leathley, opening with two feminist pieces both entitled "The Wrongs of Woman". As well as poetry Leathley published children's books and bible stories from the 1840s to 1900s. This privately printed production is rare: Copac records only two copies... Learn More
    £750

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  3. 131880
    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in May 1925. The Bounty of Sweden contains Yeats's impressions of Stockholm from his visit there in December 1923 to receive his Nobel Prize for Literature. Whilst there Yeats gave a lecture concerning the Abbey Theatre, the text of which is included... Learn More
    £500

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  4. 131825
    Limited facsimile reprint of the 1893 Kelmscott Press edition of Shakespeare's poems; number 31 of 100 numbered copies initialled by the binder Alfred Brazier and the pressman Ridley Burnett, with a further ten lettered copies for presentation. Learn More
    £475

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  5. 131792
    First edition, first impression, number 277 of 350 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in September 1916. Fenollosa (1853-1908) was an American academic who became Curator of the Imperial Museum of Japan in 1888 and Curator of Oriental Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1890. He was instrumental in promoting the study... Learn More
    £650

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  6. 131789
    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in May 1924. This is the first appearance of "The Cat and the Moon", "Leda and the Swan" and "The Lover Speaks". The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run with Lily Yeats. Cuala Industries was founded with... Learn More
    £950

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  7. 131791
    First edition, first impression, one of 425 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in June 1929. Yeats's Packet for Ezra Pound presents one side of an intriguing literary and personal friendship. Yeats lived with Pound on more than one occasion; first in Ashdown Forest, where Pound's helped to renovate Yeats's poetic style for... Learn More
    £750

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  8. 131778
    First edition, first impression, one of 300 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in August 1936. The volume contains letters to Yeats from his lifelong friend "AE", the Dublin-based mystical poet and painter George Russell (1867-1935), between 1896 and 1932, collected and published in the year after his death. The Cuala Press... Learn More
    £350

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  9. 131774
    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in December 1935, with the errata slip laid in. The included memoirs first appeared in The London Mercury in November and December of that year. The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run with Lily... Learn More
    £450

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  10. 130694
    First Nonesuch edition, number 1,395 from a limited edition of 1,475 copies on Dutch paper. A beautifully presented and bound edition of Dante's Divine Comedy, with Dante's Italian printed parallel to Rev. Henry F. Cary's English translation (1814, a translation much loved by Coleridge), and with reproductions of Sandro... Learn More
    £1,250

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  11. 131664comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This is the first appearance of "Leda and the Swan" and "Meditations in the time of Civil War", and was printed in a limited edition of 500 copies by Elizabeth Yeats at The Cuala Press, one half of Cuala Industries. A co-operative business run with... Learn More
    £2,250

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  12. 127428
    First edition, number 13 of 100 copies only, set in Cloister Oldstyle type on Van Gelder paper. The private press movement nearly passed by economic literature entirely; this is one of the few exceptions. "This very interesting discourse on some early English and American Curiosities was read by the author at the fourteenth... Learn More
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  13. 131099
    Limited edition, number 128 of 485 copies on handmade paper; a further 15 copies were issued on vellum. The Canterbury Tales was one of the "most important Golden Cockerel editions for which Eric Gill provided the engravings", and showcases his "originality and verve" (ODNB). This work was seen as one of the finest works... Learn More
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  14. 131281
    First edition, first impression, of Sackville-West's uncommon second published work. The eight poems collected in this work were written during Sackville-West's time in Constantinople from late 1913 until the summer of 1914 with her newly wedded husband Harold Nicolson, who was posted there as a junior diplomat. Learn More
    £400

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  15. 118500
    Limited edition, one of 200 copies printed on paper, from an edition of 212 (the additional 12 were printed on vellum). The book was printed just two years before Cobden-Sanderson threw the Doves typeface into the Thames, thus concluding the bitter dispute between him and his partner Emery Walker, and bringing the era of... Learn More
    £1,500

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  16. 130834comp
    First edition, first impression, number 85 of 150 copies printed, each signed by the poet on the limitation leaf. This is one of 140 on hand-made paper (there were 10 on japon), split between 90 for America (as here) and 50 for the UK. Mardersteig's was a beautiful fine press production bringing together the best of Thomas's... Learn More
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  17. 130150
    First edition thus, limited issue, number 11 of 20 copies printed on handmade paper by the Chiswick Press and bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in red morocco, from a total run of 250 copies. Shelley's elegy for Keats, first published in 1821 (the year of Keats's death) is considered among the finest of Shelley's work, described... Learn More
    £750

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  18. 124832

    A Shropshire Lad and Last Poems.

    Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire: 1929

    First Alcuin Press edition, number 315 of 325 sets, this set in the rare publisher's deluxe single-volume binding, one of a handful thus. This was the first edition comprising what were then Housman's complete published works (More Poems being published only after his death in 1936). Almost all sets were issued in two cloth-backed... Learn More
    £1,500

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  19. 130711
    First Grolier Club edition, number 25 of 150 copies on japon (there were also two copies on vellum). From the library of the distinguished bibliophile, and Grolier Club member, A. Edward Newton (1864-1940), with his bookplate to chemise and pastedown. Potter stated in 1926 that the book was "now difficult to secure, even... Learn More
    £750

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  20. 130619
    First Nonesuch edition, number 171 of 1,475 copies. An attractively bound, printed and illustrated edition, the Nonesuch Don Quixote was printed by Walter Lewis, Printer to the University of Cambridge, on Casinensis hand-made paper. The illustrator, E. McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954) is best known for his modernist poster art,... Learn More
    £575

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  21. 130533comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the first blank, "To Silvia, with love and affection, from Edward - May 1931". Edward James (1907-1984), was an aristocratic arts patron key in the 1930s literary scene. "There is no clue to the identity of 'Mary' in the sonnets but Edward wrote elsewhere... Learn More
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  22. 122166comp
    First and limited edition, number 64 of 500 copies privately printed, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "To W. S. S. Rodgers with my friendship and affection 1/19/38 W. P. Chrysler", on the first blank leaf. The book's foreword describes the printing of this edition, designed as a Christmas remembrance for the Chrysler... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 122166

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  23. 117964

    An Autobiography.

    North Conway, New Hampshire: 1951

    First and sole edition, first printing, presentation copy from Gibson's widow Helen Whitney Gibson to Kate Davison, inscribed and dated 2 June 1952. This is the privately printed autobiography of the American businessman, bank president, and Chairman of the American Red Cross during World Wars I and II. It was published... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 117964

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  24. 128377
    First edition, first impression. Woolf was concerned about the quality of Monday or Tuesday and what its critical reception would be, and wrote in her diary on 6 March 1921 that "Nessa approves of Monday or Tuesday-mercifully; & thus somewhat redeems it in my eyes". One of 1,000 copies of this collection of short stories.,... Learn More
    £2,500

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  25. 125871
    First edition, one of six specially bound "author's presentation copies", this copy from Hughes to his son Nicholas, the founder of the Morrigu Press, from an overall edition of 175 copies. Learn More
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  26. 127266
    First Riccardi Press edition, number 10 of only 12 copies printed on vellum, of which 10 were for sale, out of a limited edition of 1,012 copies. First printed anonymously in 1859, the Fitzgerald translation of the Rubáiyát appealed strongly to Victorian sensibilities, became immensly popular, and went through a great... Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 127266

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    Dubliners.

    [New York]: 1986

    Signed limited edition, one of 1,000 copies signed by Flanagan and Ballagh. Thomas Flanagan (1923-2002) was an American professor of English at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and a successful novelist. The Irish artist Robert Ballagh (b. 1943) has designed sets for Beckett's Endgame (1991) and Wilde's Salomé... Learn More
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  28. God Save the King
    First and limited edition, number 29 of 150 copies signed by the author. This is the only substantial poetry collection of Brian Howard (1905-1958), one of the Eton Arts Society group with Harold Acton, Oliver Messel, Anthony Powell, and Henry Yorke; at Oxford he knew Evelyn Waugh and Waugh, writing later that Howard "dazzled... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 106933

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  29. .
    First Ashendene edition, one of 225 copies on Batchelor paper, out of a total edition of 245 copies. "First appearance of Ptolemy type. Ashendene knight-in-armour papertaken as a single work Don-Quixote is the largest of the Ashendene books. It has an interesting alternative to Hewitt's drawn or printed initials, the successful... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 87243

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  30. 126924
    First Cresset Press edition. Number 100 of 195 copies on handmade paper (there were also 10 copies on vellum). The short-lived Cresset Press, co-founded by John Eldred Howard in 1927 and run by Dennis Cohen and A. I. Meyers until 1931, produced fine editions of the classics and of Continental literature. Gulliver's Travels... Learn More
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  31. 127264
    First Doves Press edition, one of 25 copies on vellum (a further 325 copies were printed on paper). The Doves Tennyson is the spiritual manifesto of the Doves Press - the seven poems including "Ulysses" and "The Lotos Eaters" are on classical subjects, and the two translations are from the Iliad. This vellum copy comes from... Learn More
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  32. 127093

    Sonnets.

    Lexington, Kentucky: 1956

    Limited edition, number 90 of 240 copies. An attractive example of a production of a lesser-known American private press, printed by Jacob Hammer on handmade paper, after the Praetorius Facsimile edition of the first quarto of 1609. The Anvil Press was a small association of ten printing enthusiasts, active during the fifties... Learn More
    £500

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  33. 123869
    Corrected proof sheets, with manuscript and typewritten annotations on 23 pages, the majority in McAlmon's hand. McAlmon makes changes to both the formatting and language of the poems, proving an insight into his writing method. The Portrait of a Generation was published in 1926 by his own Contact Publishing Company in an... Learn More
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  34. 126008
    First edition, printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, one of only 310 copies on paper from an edition of 316. Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a close friend of and collaborator with Morris and Burne-Jones. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 126008

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  35. 125625comp
    First and limited edition, number 100 of 140 copies signed by the illustrator. A stylishly produced volume from Frances and Nicolas McDowell's Old Stile Press, the binding designed by Hamid Dingle and the striking, expressionist woodcuts by Maryclare Foa. "This hauntingly powerful text, a fragment of a Norwegian Epic, c.400... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 125625

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  36. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
    First edition thus, deluxe limited issue: copy XX of 20 deluxe copies with an original guide sheet and stencil, and a set of hand-coloured plates showing progressive stages, as well as colour collotype proofs,from a total edition of 526 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, with each page watermarked... Learn More
    £5,250

    Stock Code: 115038

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  37. Milton: A Poem.
    First edition thus, copy S of 26 lettered copies reserved for Lessing J. Rosenwald, the Library of Congress, the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, containing an original guide-sheet and stencil, and a set of hand-coloured plates showing progressive stages in the stencil work, as well as colour collotype... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 115042

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  38. 122069comp
    First and signed limited edition, number 21 of 50 copies. This portfolio comprises of seven broadsides, each individually numbered and signed by Steadman and the relevant poet: Fleur Adcock, Bill Butler, Jane Deverson, David Harsent, Adrian Henri, Roger McGough, and Douglas Mellor. Learn More
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  39. 123301

    Shakespeare's England.

    New York and London: 1892

    Limited edition, one of 250 unnumbered copies, finely printed with wide margins. Unique extra-illustrated copy with five original unsigned watercolours and fine pen-and-ink sketches, showing charming scenes of Stratford and other sites linked to Shakespeare's life. Winter's account of the landmarks and rustic architecture... Learn More
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  40. 123277
    First trade edition. A very attractively illustrated and printed copy of the first book book published by the Medici Society, in a fine binding. This edition of the Song of Songs was first published in 1909 in extra crown quarto by Riccardi Press Books. Learn More
    £875

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  41. 122918
    First Mosher edition, number 20 of 100 copies printed on japon paper, with an additional 925 copies printed on Van Gelder paper. The printer, Thomas Mosher, was a major contributor to the American private press movement. A finely printed and bound copy, which was first published in 1887. Learn More
    £225

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  42. 122914
    First Mosher edition, number 28 of 100 copies printed on japon paper, with an additional 925 copies printed on Van Gelder paper. The printer, Thomas Mosher, was a major contributor to the American private press movement. A finely printed and bound copy, first published in 1879. Learn More
    £200

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  43. 122904
    First US edition, first printing, one of 925 unnumbered copies on Van Gelder paper, with an additional 100 copies printed on japon. The printer, Thomas Mosher, was a major contributor to the American private press movement. An attractively printed and bound book, which was first published in Edinburgh in 1897. Learn More
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  44. 122614
    First Nonesuch edition, number 302 from a limited edition of 1,475 copies on Dutch paper. A beautifully presented and bound edition of Dante's Divine Comedy, with Dante's Italian printed parallel to Rev. Henry F. Cary's English translation (1814, a translation much loved by Coleridge), and with Sandro Botticelli's illustrations,... Learn More
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  45. 120134comp
    First edition in English, signed limited issue of 500 copies, of which 100 were specially bound in full vellum; this copy being number four. Additionally inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Gathorne, from a tired Crusader, this account of those who enjoyed on the road to Jerusalem 'a Happy Martyrdom,'... Learn More
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  46. 120201
    First edition thus, limited issue, number 220 of 370 copies, of which 350 were released for sale. This work is printed in Middle English from the 1498 edition of Le Morte Darthur published by Wynkyn de Worde, a copy of which was held at the time in the John Rylands Library in Manchester. Completed by Malory in prison by... Learn More
    £875

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  47. 122044comp
    First and only edition, limited to 40 copies for personal distribution by Viscount Carlow, founder of the Corvinus Press, as a Christmas gift, this copy inscribed on the presentation leaf "For Eileen, from Carlow, 1938". The text was printed verbatim from the original manuscript, which is now in the National Maritime Museum... Learn More
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  48. Europe: A Prophecy.
    First edition thus, limited issue, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy. Number 1 of 480 copies, from a total limited edition of 526 copies on Arches rag paper to match that used by Blake. This copy derives from the archive of the Trianon Press, from the estate of publisher and founder Arnold Fawcus. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 115036

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    First edition thus, limited issue, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy. Copy A of 26 copies reserved for the trustees of the William Blake Trust and the publishers, from a total edition of 458 copies, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. This copy derives from the Trianon Press archive, from... Learn More
    £750

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  50. 117954
    First edition thus, limited issue, number 36 of 750 copies on Maillol handmade paper. The Aquila Press was established with the object of "producing literary works of high merit not otherwise easily accessible", such as this folk epic by Lermontov, who is known as Russia's greatest poet after Pushkin. Paul Nash was a leader... Learn More
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  51. 116777
    First and limited edition, first impression, one of 220 copies. Privately printed for the First Edition Club, this pamphlet was published as part of a 12-piece portfolio set titled Twenty Letters to Joseph Conrad. The letters are dated 25 December 1902 and 9 May 1903, and express Gissing's admiration of Conrad's... Learn More
    £275

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  52. 116646
    First and limited edition, first printing, one of 875 copies. This set of short stories by six of the most popular American writers of the post-World War I era comprises "The American Country Fair" by Sherwood Anderson, "Feathers" by Carl Van Vechten, "The Litter of the Rose Leaves" by Stephen Vincent Benét, "Fine Furniture"... Learn More
    £250

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  53. The Visions of the Daughters of Albion.
    First edition thus, number 369 of 400 copies thus (this one of 200 for the US), from a total edition of 446 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, each page watermarked with Blake's monogram. Blake scholar Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982), the brother of John Maynard, provides a commentary and bibliographical... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 115055

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  54. The Book of Los.
    First edition thus, copy II of 32 copies bound in full morocco with an original guide sheet, stencil and copperplate, and a set of extra plates showing progressive stages of the collotype and hand-stencil process, from a total edition of 538 copies, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake.... Learn More
    £1,275

    Stock Code: 115051

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  55. The Book of Ahania.
    First edition thus, copy XXIX of 32 deluxe copies in full morocco, each containing an original guide-sheet, stencil and copperplate, and a set of plates showing the progressive stages of the collotype and hand-stencil process, from a total edition of 808 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that bused by Blake.... Learn More
    £1,525

    Stock Code: 115043

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  56. There is No Natural Religion.
    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy, number 1 of 540 copies thus, from a total edition of 616 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. This copy, numbered 1 in the series, derives from the archive of the Trianon Press, from the estate of publisher and founder Arnold Fawcus. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 115037

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  57. A Study of The Illuminated Books of William Blake.
    First edition, limited to 525 numbered copies signed and numbered by the author on the limitation leaf, this copy out of series. Keynes (1887-1982) was an academic, biographer, and the younger brother of John Maynard Keynes. He was a world authority on Blake, and was instrumental in the production of the Trianon facsimiles,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 115016

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  58. The Book of Thel.
    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy, copy A of 26 lettered copies reserved for Lessing J. Rosenwald, the Library of Congress, the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, from a limited edition of 426 copies printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, each page watermarked... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 115014

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  59. The Book of Ahania.
    First edition thus, number 4 of 750 copies in quarter morocco from a limited edition of 808 copies. The Trianon Press, in collaboration with The William Blake Society, produced a series of fine facsimiles of Blake's books based on copies in the Rosenwald Collection at the Library of Congress. These facsimiles were printed... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 114944

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    First Kelmscott edition, one of 350 copies on paper; there were also eight copies on vellum. Because of various production delays this splendid Kelmscott Press book spent several years in the making. Although William Morris had originally intended the Kelmscott edition to be the first, the more conventional Chiswick Press... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 114136

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