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MORRIS, William.

The Defence of Guenevere.

A Book of Lyrics.

Portland, ME, Thomas B. Mosher, 1896 Stock Code: 139080
£1,500.00

A beautiful Zaehnsdorf exhibition binding

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First Mosher edition, one of 925 unnumbered copies printed on Van Gelder paper, in a superb Zaehnsdorf exhibition binding. Thomas Mosher (18521923) was a major contributor to the American private press movement between 1891 and 1923. He repeatedly published works, as here, in the narrow octavo style most notably used by Charles Ricketts in 1893 for John Gray's Silverpoints, designed to mimic both Persian saddle books and Aldine italic volumes. Morris's Arthurian poems were first published as The Defence of Guinevere, and Other Poems in 1858.

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Description

Narrow octavo (197 x 96 mm). Contemporary Zaehnsdorf exhibition binding of dark red crushed morocco, spine lettered in gilt and tooled with foliate sprays, front cover gilt all over with three foliate sprays within gilt frame, rear cover with gilt frame with matching foliate cornerpieces, board edges ruled in gilt, turn-ins tooled in gilt with matching foliate design, red cloth endpapers, binder's blindstamp to foot of rear free endpaper, edges gilt.

Illustrations

Title page printed in red and black.

Condition

Neat contemporary Christmas gift inscription to first blank. Spine faded to brown, a little rubbing to tips joints, contents notably clean and crisp; a near-fine copy.

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