14 December 2000
[KELMSCOTT PRESS]. GODEFREY OF BOLOYNE. The History of Godefrey of Boloyne and of the Conquest of Iherusalem. Reprinted from Caxton's edition of 1481. Edited by H. Halliday Sparling. Hammersmith, 1893.
4o (290 x 215 mm). Printed in Troy type (with list of chapter headings and glossary in Chaucer type) in black and red, woodcut title-page, facing page with full woodcut page-border, numerous three-quarter, column height and smaller woodcut page-borders, 8-line and smaller initial capitals, printer's device. Original limp vellum, spine gilt-lettered, silk ties, uncut (slightest soiling). Provenance: Frederick W. French (bookplate). LIMITED EDITION one of 300 copies of an edition of 306. Cockerell 15 ("This was the fifth and last of the Caxton reprints, with many new ornaments and initials and a new printer's mark ... it was the first book published and sold at the Kelmscott Press"); Peterson A 15.
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