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KELMSCOTT PRESS: CAXTON, William (trans).

The History of Reynard the Foxe.

Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, sold by Bernard Quaritch, 1892 [1893] Stock Code: 145992
£8,500.00
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Limited edition, one of 300 copies on paper, from a total edition of 310 copies. In his note requested by Quaritch as a puff, Morris commented: "this translation of Caxton's is one of the very best of his works as to style; and being translated from a kindred tongue is delightful as mere language. In its rude joviality, and simple and direct delineation of character, it is a thoroughly good representative of the famous ancient Beast Epic" (cited in Elisabeth Luther Cary, William Morris, 1902).



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Description

Quarto. Original limp vellum, spine lettered in gilt, original green cloth ties, yapp edges. Housed in a custom red card slipcase.

Illustrations

Printed in Troy type in black and red; glossary in Chaucer type. Woodcut title-page and facing page with full woodcut page-border, numerous 8-line and smaller initials and partial borders.

Condition

A lovely copy, contents crisp and free from spotting, in a fresh example of the original vellum.

Bibliography

Peterson A10.

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