The Defence of Guenevere, and Other Poems. By William Morris.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, „Sold by Reeves & Turner“, 1892.
Quarto. ca. 203 × 147 mm. [2 blank], , 169, , [2 blank] pp. Decorative woodcut borders and initials.
Original limp vellum with leather thongs and light blue silk ties. Gothic calligraphic lettering by Herbert M. Ellis in black ink on spine: „Guenevere“. Uncut.
One of 300 paper copies, of a total edition of 310 copies. Printed in red and black in Golden type. The first Kelmscott Press book to be bound in limp vellum, and the only one lettered by hand on the spine. The text is a reprint of the edition published in 1889 by Reeves & Turner; the Defence of Guenevere and Others Poems was first published in 1858. The Kelmscott edition is divided into three parts: The Defence of Guenevere, (poems suggested by Malorys Morte d’Arthur), Sir Peter Harpdon’s End (poems inspired by Froissarts Chronicles), and Rapunzel and other poems.
A very fine copy.
Flexibles handgebundenes Original-Pergament. Eins von nur 300 Exemplaren auf Papier, von einer Gesamtauflage von 310 Exemplaren. Sehr frisch und schön erhalten.
Peterson A5 – Tomkinson 109,5 – Ransom 325,5 – Sparling 5 – Franklin 189 – Walsdorf 5–- Scott 84 – Forman 38,6. – Bibliographien.
“Small 4to. Golden type. In black & red. Borders 2 & 1. 300 paper copies at two guineas, ten on vellum at about twelve guineas. Dated April 2, issued May 19, 1892. Sold by Reeves & Turner. Bound in limp vellum.
This book was set up from a copy of the edition published by Reeves & Turner in 1889, the only alteration, except a few corrections, being in the 11th line of Summer Dawn. It is divided into three parts, the poems suggested by Malory’s Morte d’ Arthur, the poems inspired by Froissart’s Chronicles, and poems on various subjects. The two first sections have borders, and the last has a half-border. The first sheet was printed on February 17, 1892. It was the first book bound in limp v.eIlum, and the only one of which the title was inscribed by hand on the back.” — William Morris & Sidney C. Cockerell: A Note by W. M. on His Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press. p. 24.