folio, limited to 438 copies of which this is one of 425 on paper, printed in red and black, two preliminary blanks (a1-a2) and one final blank (2n6) present, 87 wood-engraved illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones, ornamental woodcut borders, title and initials, fine full white pigskin by Sydney Cockerell with blind and gold tooling on upper and lower covers (developing design from a triquetra circle), spine gilt in compartments with title and press, dentelles in blind, slipcase, spine slightly discoloured
Exhibited: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, February - March 1981
Rt. Hon. Lord Northbourne (bookplate preserved in folder) (sold in these rooms 29 July 1957, lot 231)
"The most ambitious and remarkable of the Kelmscott Press books"
(William S. Peterson, The Kelmscott Press, 1984, p.106)
Loosely inserted is small collection of material relating to the purchase, binding and exhibition of this copy including two autograph letters signed from Sandy Cockerell. The commission for this binding work in 1970 was from the gentleman who would give the address at Cockerell's memorial service in 1987.
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