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VALE PRESS: KEATS, John.
The Poems. Edited by Charles J. Holmes.
London: Printed at the Ballantyne Press [for the Vale Press], 1898. London: Printed at the Ballantyne Press [for the Vale Press],, 1898. 2 volumes, octavo (233 x 151 mm). Contemporary purple morocco by Zaehnsdorf, titles to spine in gilt, five raised bands, scrolling foliate turn-ins in gilt, red silk endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Double-page illustrated title pages and decorative initials by Charles Ricketts. Bookseller's ticket and a small bookplate to front pastedowns. Spine ends and extremities very lightly scuffed, binding square and firm, internally clean throughtout; a very good copy. First Vale Press edition, one of 210 unnumbered copies on paper; a further 8 were issued on vellum, this example in an elegantly restrained purple morocco binding by Zaehnsdorf. Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), was an art nouveau designer who founded the Vale Press in 1894. Influenced by both the aesthetic movement and William Morris's designs, his Vale press books are more classical than medieval in style and "the distinct personal element in those books derives from the woodcut designs and illustrations drawn and cut by Ricketts" (Ransom, p. 39). Franklin p. 251; Ransom, Vale Press 20; Tomkinson 20.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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