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Kelmscott Press] The Story of the Glittering Plain, or the Land of Living Men
Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith 1894 - 4to. Original limp vellum with ochre color ties (all in tact). The magnificent first book of the Kelmscott Press, lavishly designed with 23 pictures by Walter Crane, woodcut initials, double spread title page, strapwork vignettes and designs throughout by William Morris. 250 Copies. Printed in black and red Troy type text. The fantasy tale by Morris, one of the first to combine an imaginary world with the supernatural, also presents sociopolitcal themes. The book represents the only title in the Kelmscott Press oeuvre in which a reissue was made, improved upon and enhanced. Thus, the first book of the press presented the same title, but without the Walter Crane illustrations, a much more aescetic without illustration, a much plainer version. In present edition, Morris increased the size of the book, changed the type to Troy, giving it a much more gothic look. Walter Crane, one of the premier artists and illustrators of the period, was commissioned to produce drawings which were then cut in wood for the final press run, in accordance with 15-16th Century European book production. The result is pleasingly graphic and evocative; one of the more aesthetic productions of the press. Copies on the market are few and far between. A nice, tight copy, brilliant internally, fine; the vellum covers show slight wear, but not detracting. A great plus to have all the ties in tact, with no breaks or fraying. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books]
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