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William Morris:
The Water of the Wondrous Isles

 

William Morris: The Water of the Wondrous Isles

 

William Morris: The Water of the Wondrous Isles

 

William Morris:

The Water of the Wondrous Isles.

Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897.

Quarto. ca. 287 x 205 mm. [6 weiße], [1], [1 weiße], 340, [1], [3 weiße] Seiten. Mit insgesamt sieben Rahmen zu den Kapitalanfängen, zahlreichen mehrzeiligen Initialen sowie Zierleisten. Druck in rot und schwarz.

Handgefertigter flexibler Original-Pergamenteinband auf fünf hellen Seidenbändern, von denen drei durchgezogen sind. Goldgeprägter Rückentitel in Golden type. Unbeschnitten. Gebunden von J. & J. Leighton.

Eins von nur 250 Exemplaren auf handgeschöpftem Bütten, Gesamtaufl. 256 Exx. Zweispaltiger Satz in Chaucer type mit Titel, Kolophon und Schlußpassage eines jeden Kapitels in Troy Type; Überschriften und Spaltentitel in rot gedruckt. Morris’ letzte ‚romance in prose‘; die Entwürfe und Korrekturen an Text und Initialen beschäftigten ihn noch bis zu seinem Tod. „Unlike ‚The Well at the World’s End‘, with which it is mainly uniform, this book has red shouldernotes and no illustrations. Morris began the story in verse on Feb. 4, 1895. A few days later he began it afresh in alternate prose and verse; but he was again dissatisfied, and finally began it a third time in prose alone, as it now stands. It was first announced as in the press in the list of June 1, 1896, at which date the early chapters were in type, although they were not printed until about a month later. The designs for the initial words ‚Whilom‘ and ‚Empty‘ were begun by Morris shortly before his death, and were finished by R. Catterson-Smith“ (Cockerell).

Eins der Bindebänder nur zum Teil erhalten. Schnitt minimal stockfleckig; sonst gut.

One of 250 copies on paper of an edition of 256. Printed in Chaucer type in black and red. Numerous woodcut initials. Original limp vellum, gilt title on spine, uncut.

Peterson A45 – Scott 111 – Forman 168 – Latham 44 – Walsdorf 45 – Tomkinson 120,45 – Cockerell 45 – Ransom 330,45.