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STORY OF THE GLITTERING PLAIN WHICH HAS BEEN - [Kelmscott Press] Morris William - 1894. 
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, January 13, 1894. FIRST EDITION, LIMITED and one of only 250 copies on paper. With 23 highly impressive woodcut illustrations by Walter Crane, elaborate woodcut borders and decorations by William Morris, chapter heads printed in red, numerous decorated initials, many of which up to 8 lines tall. 4to, in the original Kelmscott limp vellum, lettered in gilt on the spine, green silk ties. Now housed in a custom cloth-coved slipcase. Laid in are a Book Club of California announcement for their 1952 work on the Kelmscott, Doves and Ashendene Presses and the 1975 Roxburghe Club of San Francisco Christmas printing of 1894 letter from Morris to Crane with complaints about accounting practices, which was limited to 125 copies. [iv], 179 pp. A very fine copy, beatifully preserved, the paper especially bright and clean. FIRST EDITION AND ONE OF ONLY 250 COPIES ON PAPER OF THIS VISUAL SPECTACLE. THE GLITTERING PLAIN was the first title issued by the Kelmscott Press and thus was done in the Golden type. In 1894 Morris decided to reprint the title, this time in the large gothic Troy type and with the impressive illustrations by Walter Crane --the version here offered. The result was far more closely allied with Morris's romantic tale then was the original. THE GLITTERING PLAIN is in essence a fantasy novel, and Morris is arguably the first modern fantasy author to unite an imaginary world with elements of the supernatural. It is thus an important precursor to a great deal of later and present day fantasy literature. It is also important for its exploration of the socialist themes that interested Morris.
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