The Poems.London: Printed at the Ballantyne Press, sold by Hacon & Ricketts, The Vale Press, & John Lane, New York, 1901-2 Stock Code: 144840
First Vale Press edition of Shelley's complete poems, following only a single-volume edition of Lyrical Poetry (1898, limited to 210 copies). The book was decorated and supervised by Charles Ricketts of the Vale Press.
Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), was an art nouveau designer who founded the Vale Press in 1894. Influenced by both the aesthetic movement and William Morris's designs, his Vale press books are more classical than medieval in style and "the distinct personal element in those books derives from the woodcut designs and illustrations drawn and cut by Ricketts" (Ransom, p. 39).
3 volumes, octavo. Original white buckram, spines lettered in gilt, untrimmed.
With woodcut initials and borders designed by Charles Ricketts.
Armorial bookplate of R. H. S. Truell to front pastedown of vol. 1.Spines a little toned, the bindings otherwise firm and square, edges foxed, else internally clean; a fresh set.
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