Edited by Charles J. Holmes.London: Printed at the Ballantyne Press [for the Vale Press], 1898 Stock Code: 144841
The refined Vale Press editionFirst Vale Press edition, one of 210 unnumbered copies on paper (a further 8 were issued on vellum), and superbly decorated by 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).
2 volumes, octavo. Original white buckram, titles in gilt to spines, untrimmed.
Double-page illustrated title pages and decorative initials by Charles Ricketts.
Compliment's slip from the Royal Fine Art Commission Secretary loosely inserted. Spines a little toned, light spotting to front joint of vol. 1, the bindings otherwise firm and square, edges and first and last few leaves toned, else internally fresh; a very good set.
Ransom, Vale Press 20.
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