The Earthly Paradise.
A Poem.London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1896 Stock Code: 139927
NotesAn attractively bound set of Morris's epic poem The Earthly Paradise. "The poem that made Morris famous" was first published from 1868 to 1870 and tells the story of a band of 14th-century Norsemen who flee the Black Death in search of the reputed utopian "earthly paradise 'where none grow old'" (ODNB). The first Kelmscott Press edition was released in the same year as the present tenth edition of the work. This copy is from the library of the renowned actress, suffragette, theatre manager, and producer Lena Ashwell, with her bookplate to the front pastedowns, and a couple of small pencil asterisks to contents pages.
4 volumes, octavo (188 x 125 mm). Contemporary green half morocco for Hatchards, titles and arts and crafts style floral decoration to spines in gilt in compartments, raised bands dotted in gilt, marbled paper sides and endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, green silk page markers.
Woodcut vignette to title page.
Spines uniformly toned to brown, slight rubbing to joints and board edges, top edges lightly dust toned; a handsome set in very good condition indeed.
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