Here Begynneth the Prologe of Sir Johan Froissart... 1896, limited to 32 copies all on paper, 8 leaves, [Peterson D1.8], some light spotting--Two Trial Pages of the Projected Edition of Lord Berners' Translation of Froissart. 1897, limited to 160 copies all on vellum, 2 leaves, [Peterson A46], some slight abrasions; both folio, printed in red and black, ornamental woodcut borders and initials bound in full white pigskin by J.P. Foster (signed with fish motif) with geometrical designs in blind on covers, auction cataloguing slip laid-down, slightly soiled (2 works in 1 volume)
Lord Berners' translation of Froissart's Chronicles had been a favourite of Morris' for a long time and he had planned an edition in 1895 ("...no book that I could do would give me hald the pleasure I am getting from the Froissart. I am simply revelling in it. It's such a glorious and noble work and every page as it leaves the press delights me more than I can say. I am taking great pains with it, and doing all I can to realise what I have long wished.") The work was announced several times but continually postponed. It was only finally abandoned after Morris' death.
Before the end of 1896 thirty-two copies of the incomplete sheets were distributed to friends of Morris and marked "Not for sale". This apparently suggested printing two pages for wider distribution - hence the publication of 160 copies of two leaves on vellum.
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