5 December 2008
[KELMSCOTT PRESS]. SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Poetical Works. Edited by F.S. Ellis. Hammersmith, 1894-95.
3 volumes, 8o (208 x 145 mm). Printed in Golden type in red and black (black only in vol. I), woodcut title-page in vol. I, facing page with full woodcut page-border, a few three-quarter and smaller woodcut page-borders, numerous 10-line and smaller inital capitals. Original limp vellum, spines gilt-lettered, silk decorations near head and foot of each joint, uncut (a few spots to front covers of vols. 2 and 3). Provenance: Emilie (bookplates designed by René Lalique).
LIMITED EDITION, one of 250 copies of an edition of 256. According to Sparling volume I of this beautiful 3-volume set was issued on 29 November 1894, vol. II on 25 March 1895 and vol. III on 28 October 1895. The text, distilled by Ellis from the best available editions
of Shelley's work, is set in "Golden" Type, an English or 14-point Roman, the first of three types that were designed by Morris himself. The design process was one of trial and error, which meant that it took Edward P. Prince almost a year to cut the punches (between January and December 1890). The double-page text opening includes a border after Morris, and the text includes numerous large initial letters. Cockerell 29, 29a and 29b; Peterson A29; Tomkinson 29.
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