Epithalamion and Amoretti.London: John and E. Bumpus, Ltd, 1903 Stock Code: 145497
First edition thus, number 198 of 250 copies finely printed by Bumpus of Spenser's poems of love and marriage, attractively illustrated with etchings. This fine press edition in the publisher's deluxe binding is quite scarce.
There were also copies bound in cloth and vellum, and an additional 14 copies printed on vellum which were intended for exquisite jewelled bindings, and sell for great sums.
Octavo in half-sheets (211 x 135 mm). Publisher's deluxe binding in green crushed morocco, titles in gilt direct to spine, Tudor rose motifs in gilt to compartments, boards panelled in double gilt fillets, Tudor rose motifs to corner in gilt, ruling and rose motifs repeated in gilt to turn-ins, all edges gilt.
Etched portrait frontispiece by C. Bird, vignette to title page and four more in the text as head and tail pieces on india paper.
Tiny split to head of front joint, still firm, endpapers slightly spotted, contents otherwise clean and fresh. A very attractive copy, finely bound.
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