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Kelmscott Press] The Tale of King Coustans the Emperor [IMPORTANT COPY-SURVIVING FIRE, WITH HOLOGRAPH NOTE]
Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith 1894 - 12mo. In original and highly unusual drab boards which may have been an early press room copy, reference example, or remainder held by the publisher (see below). This very copy made it through the infamous fire at the Ballantyne Press in 1899 (i.e. five years after the book was printed), and documented in a holograph note by Charles W. Howell on the front free endsheet: "This little volume passed through the fire at the Ballantyne Press, London. Charles W. Howell." Almost certainly the book and binding represent the very volume surviving the fire, as its gray paper is appears charred or at least smoke-singed, especially at the spine. A most amazing survival. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books]
Last Found On: 2017-09-30           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


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