3 December 2007
[KELMSCOTT PRESS]. ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel (1828-1882). Ballads and Narrative Poems. - Sonnets and Lyrical poems. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893 - 94.
Together 2 volumes, 8o (211x148mm). Golden type, printed in red and black; woodcut title-page borders, four-, six- and ten-line initials. Uniformly bound in dark blue levant morocco by Riviere and Son in the Doves Bindery style, signed and dated 1931; panels with double gilt-ruled border widely spaced forming small square cornerpieces each embellished with four small gilt circlets, spines in six compartments with five raised bands, gilt-lettered in one compartment, the others elegantly decorated with triple heart leaf ornament and central flower; board edges with single gilt rule; turn-ins with triple gilt rule and embellished at the corners with flower, heart leaf, and circlet design; top edges gilt, others uncut, (fore-edges a bit browned); blue quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: John A. Saks (bookplates; his sale Christie's, New York, May 20, 1983, lot 147
LIMITED EDITION, each one of 310 copies of an edition of 316. Peterson A20 and A20a.
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