Georgian Love Songs, Restoration Love Songs, Elizabethan Love Songs.Preston, Herts : The Cupid Press, 1949-55 Stock Code: 144365
A lovely complete set of these illustrated Cupid Press anthologies collecting love poetry from the time of Shakespeare and Sidney to the time Gay and Goldsmith, edited by John Hadfield who founded the press, and illustrated by Rex Whistler and John Piper. Each was one of 660 numbered copies, the Elizabethan volume being number 226 and signed by John Piper as issued.
The first two volumes have illustrations by Rex Whistler, though were not issued signed since they were published after his death in the war. These however have the added appeal of being presentation copies from the editor John Hadfield. The first is numbered 11 and inscribed "and is for Araminta with John's love", and the second numbered 40 and inscribed "and is for Araminta with John's love, Christmas 1950". The Elizabethan volume (deriving from another source) has an envelope tipped in with a letter fittingly presenting the volume as a wedding gift.
3 works, octavo. Original blue, green and brown cloth-backed marbled boards, by Douglas Cockerell & Son morocco title labels, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.
Elizabethan Love Songs illustrated with 8 colour lithographs by John Piper, other two volumes with 13 plates after Rex Whistler.
Minor stains to tails of Georgian and Restoration, Elizabethan with some rubbing to title label, other minor wear in the set, but very good condition overall.
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