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Algernon Charles Swinburne
Atalanta in Calydon. A Tragedy.
1894. Swinburne, Algernon Charles. Atalanta in Calydon. A Tragedy. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894. One of 250 paper copies, out of a total of 258 copies. Printed in red and black in Troy, Chaucer, and Golden type, with the dedication and quotation from Euripides in Greek type designed by Selwyn Image. Woodcut title spread. Decorative woodcut borders and initials. Original full limp vellum lettered in gilt on spine. Original ribbon ties. Auction cataloging slip tipped in. The copy of Robert Hoe (1839-1909), with his bookplate. Additional bookplates of private press collectors Brian Douglas Stilwell and Richard Friedlander (1939-2014), representing an excellent line of provenance. Housed in a straight grained morocco pull-off case, titled in gilt. Measures approx. 8.25" x 11.5". Covers lightly browned with some marks, and the top tie on the front cover has broken. Pull-off case is worn and the top portion has been repaired. “When Atalanta (which was first published in 1865) was printed by Morris, Swinburne wrote to him that it was ‘certainly one of the loveliest examples of even your incomparable press’ Morris’s own comment, in a letter to Theodore Watts, 9 August 1894, was ‘I like the look of the volume very much’ This is the only K[elmscott] P[ress] book in which Morris used a type not designed by himself. During 1892, Selwyn Image, with the technical assistance of Emery Walker, designed a Greek type based on a certain tenth century MS in the B. Museum, and on a Spanish printed book there of the fifteenth or early sixteen century, which was itself founded on a MS of the … [Click Below for Full Description]
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