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Kelmscott Press) Voragine, Jacobus de
The Golden Legend. Proof sheets
Kelmscott Press, [Hammersmith, London, 1891. First edition. With ornamental six-line initials by William Morris. Bifolium, pp. 247-250, signed r4, printed in Golden type on "Venetian" handmade English paper watermarked WM & primrose device, Peterson's Flower(2). 5 examples. 1 vols. 4to. Kelmscott Proof Sheets. Proof sheets from the colossal three volume Golden Legend, intended as the first book of the press. The printing was delayed because the first batch of paper was not satisfactory. Batchelor delivered the larger sheets beginning 22 April 1891, the first volume was printed by October 1891, and the multivolume work was completed on 15 September 1892 and published on 3 November. Peterson records that "In September 1891 Burne-Jones saw some proofs and reported that he went 'crazy with pleasure' (Memorials, ii, 217)." These sheets exhibit a few variations from the published book: p. 247, l. 34, "have" for haue; p. 248, l. 9, "tormente" for tourmente; and p. 250, l. 13, "raysonnable" for rasonnable. Cf. Peterson A7. Provenance: John E. Ellsworth (label at foot of slipcase) One leaf marked with corrections in pencil; other four examples toned with some soiling. Cloth chemise and slipcase With ornamental six-line initials by William Morris. Bifolium, pp. 247-250, signed r4, printed in Golden type on "Venetian" handmade English paper watermarked WM & primrose device, Peterson's Flower(2). 5 examples. 1 vols. 4to [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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