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    Sale 1922

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 531

    [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. The Defence of Guenevere, and Other Poems. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892.

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    [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. The Defence of Guenevere, and Other Poems. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892.

    Small 4o. Printed in red and black in Golden type. Full woodcut page-border, numerous 10-line and smaller woodcut initials. Original limp vellum, silk ties, title calligraphic lettered in black ink on spine (front cover slightly bowed, three ties lacking, some minor soiling). Provenance: Robert Proctor (1868-1903), celebrated bibliographer and friend of William Morris'; Albert May Todd (bookplate).

    ROBERT PROCTOR'S COPY OF THE DEFENCE OF GUENEVERE, LIMITED EDITION, one of 300 copies from a total edition of 310. A bibliographer of early printed books and a noted expert on typography, Proctor's interest in the Kelmscott Press led to an aquaintance with Morris and Sydney Cockerell. On Frederick Startridge Ellis' death in 1901, Proctor became one of the trustees under Morris' will. Peterson A5.


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