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The Sundering Flood
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897. Hard Cover. Very Good -. Hard Cover. 1 of 300 paper copies. Ten other copies were printed on vellum. In his last years Morris wrote four prose romances, of which The Sundering Flood was the last. He was writing it in 1896 as his health was steadily failing. He became so ill that he had to dictate the final words of the work to Sydney Cockerell on September 8, 1896. He died on October 3rd. His daughter, May Morris, oversaw the editing and printing; the book was finished on November 15, 1897 and issued in February 1898 [Peterson A51]. Bound in quarter holland blue paper with linen spine. The boards are in very good minus condition with fading along edges, light scuffs, and bumped corners. The spine and paper label have faded. The hinges and joints are strong and tight, with just a minor crack along the front board. Except for the first free front pages having pulled away the text block is strongly attached to the spine, which is not always common in a book of this size. The interior is in near fine condition save for foxing along the fore-edge that occasionally intrude very slightly onto the page margin. The pages are printed in Chaucer type on Flower paper. The text is printed in black, with red chapter titles and shoulder notes. The beautiful borders and initials were designed by Morris. This is the copy of noted collector Estelle Doheny, with her ownership label affixed to the front pastedown, which unfortunately is the map for the tale. The label has offset facing page. 507 pages plus colophon. MOR/101910.
      [Bookseller: The Kelmscott Bookshop]
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