LE FÈVRE, Raoul. The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye, translated by William Caxton and edited by H. Halliday Sparling. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892.
3 volumes in 2, 4° (290 x 210 mm). Text in Troy type with the table of chapters and glossary in Chaucer type, printed in black and red, woodcut title-page and facing page with full woodcut borders, and woodcut full- and part-borders and initials by Hooper after Morris, woodcut press device after Morris on colophon leaf [Peterson 'Printer's marks' 1]. Without blanks \Kc\k1 and 2\Kc\k1. 32 other leaves bound in after the text at the end of vol. II [vide infra]. (Some sheets lightly inked, some light offsetting and browning, occasional ink-marking or smudging, a few marginal paper flaws or tears, some skilfully repaired, occasionally touching text, y2 with neatly-reinforced cut.) Contemporary holland-backed blue/grey boards [?by J. & J. Leighton], lettered in pencil on the spines, uncut (extremities lightly rubbed, boards lightly marked). Provenance: corrections and annotations to the text in ink, pencil and crayon.
PROOF COPY OF THE RECUYELL, BOUND WITH SPECIMEN PAGES AND 30 PROOF LEAVES, INCLUDING 4 ON VELLUM. This proof copy contains some 10 pages which have been annotated by various hands, correcting typographic or other errors, some probably by H. Halliday Sparling, Morris' son-in-law, who was employed by the Kelmscott Press; Sparling edited Caxton's text and was responsible for most of the proof-reading while he was employed there. Bound in after the text are: specimen pages of the work on a bifolium, 2 woodcut initials, side- and corner-borders, woodcut press device [Peterson D1.1, noting that 2,000 copies were printed]; quire n; 2 copies of bifolium o1.8, one an earlier state with a woodcut initial 'W' erroneously set at the head of p.194 and crossed through in red crayon; 3 copies of bifolium 2o4.5, 2 of them earlier states with annotations identifying the misprints 'halt' for 'besgue' in l.6 and 'vyllanyous' for 'vyllaynous' in l. 10, both on p. 547; bifolia 2s1-2.7-8; bifolia 3a1-2.7-8, annotated in pencil on p. 701 'This outside 4 pp to be cancelled.', the 'Table' on pp. 715-715 in an earlier state and with several entries missing; 2 bifolia PRINTED ON VELLUM, trial printings bearing non-consecutive pages of text. Although Peterson records two sets of incomplete proofs, the present set is remarkable not only for being a proof of the complete work, but also for the specimen pages bound in at the end and the series of differing proofs of certain bifolia (e.g. 2o4.5), which demonstrate the processes of proofing and revision at the Kelmscott Press. The work was finally published on 24 November 1892, in an edition of 300 copies on paper and 5 on vellum, in a limp vellum binding. Cf. Peterson A8 and D1, no. 1; Ransom 'Kelmscott' 8; Tomkinson 'Kelmscott' 8. (2)