KELMSCOTT PRESS: MORRIS, William (trans.)

The Tale of King Florus and the Fair Jehane.

Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1893 Stock Code: 139267
£2,750.00

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Notes

First edition of Morris's translation of this story, one of 325 copies on paper, taken from the work Nouvelles françaises en prose du XIIIième siècle which was originally published in Paris in 1856. King Florus and the Fair Jehane would later appear in the work Old French Romances Done into English by William Morris, published by George Allen in 1896.

Eighty-five copies of King Florus were purchased by J. & M. L. Tregaskis, who had them specially bound by binders around the world before donating them as a collection to the Rylands Library at Manchester, thus reducing the number in original boards to no more than 240.

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Description

Sextodecimo. Original Holland boards, titles black to front.

Illustrations

Elaborate woodcut borders to title page and page 1, and woodcut initial throughout, all designed by William Morris. Text printed in black and red Chaucer type.

Condition

Light wear to fore-corners, some minor marks to boards, sound and clean within, a very good copy.

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