SANGORSKI, Alberto, calligrapher and illuminator - KEATS, John. La Belle Dame sans Merci and other Poems. London, 1928.
4o (312 x 250 mm). ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, 12 leaves (i.e. written or decorated on 17 pages), plus 2 blank vellum leaves, written in a semi-gothic script in black, titles on colophon in red. Title-page with MINIATURE PORTRAIT OF KEATS (initial-signed by Sangorski and dated 1928) surrounded by a gilt-floral border in colors incorporating title in gold with large illuminated initial L and miniature portrait of "La Belle Dame Sans Merci;" 3 FULL-PAGE MINIATURES, 6 OTHER SMALLER MINIATURES INCORPORATED INTO DECORATIVE BORDERS (some initial-signed by Sangorski), 15 OTHER LARGE ILLUMINATED INITIALS IN COLORS WITH FULL OR PARTIAL BORDERS IN COLORS ON A PUNCHED AND RULED GROUND OF BURNISHED GOLD, most with penwork tracery and extensions.
A JEWELLED BINDING SET WITH 137 JEWELS, BY RIVIERE AND SON, red morocco elaborately gilt, a border of blue and red morocco around a wider border of green morocco, set with 22 gilt decorated and jeweled white morocco Tudor rose designs, each with a in the center, around a gilt lettered border from Keats' epic poem, Endymion: "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever" around an elaborate green morocco panel with an all over floral and leaf design with white morocco inlays, each corner set with blue morocco heart, connected to next inner panel by two purple hearts at end of a central oval redish morocco design embellished by 6 white morocco Tudor rose designs each set with 6 red stones , and connected through brown morocco branches with green, red and brown morocco leaves, around a gilt decorated green morocco panel and a centering circular sunk-in panel with the initials "JK" executed in metal and decorated with 79 small pearls, lower cover with a central urn of black and brown morocco with gilt design, on a red morocco panel surrounded by a wide border of gilt Greek-key and palmette designs on blue and brown morocco inlays, spine in six compartments, gilt lettered in three others filled with matching design of gilt and multi-colored morocco inlays; doublures of red, blue and a large central panel of gray morocco with an all over gilt design, stamp-signed on the front turn-in: "Bound by Riviere & Son," silk linings; black morocco silk-lined clamshell case.
Colophon statement: "This manuscript 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci,' 'Ode on a Grecian Vase,' and 'Ode to Psyche' by John Keats was designed, written out, and illuminated by Alberto Sangorski. This manuscript will not be duplicated [signed:] Alberto Sangorski."