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SYR YSAMBRACE
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897. ONE OF 350 COPIES on paper. (An additional eight were printed on vellum.). Hardcover. 210 x 140 mm (8 1/4 x 5 1/2"). 2 p.l., 41, [1] pp. Edited by F. S. Ellis. ONE OF 350 COPIES on paper. (An additional eight were printed on vellum.). VERY ATTRACTIVE CONTEMPORARY PIGSKIN blind-tooled in a Medieval panel design, covers with frames formed by multiple rules, diapered central panel, upper cover with title, press, and date stamped into upper and lower corners, lower cover with binder';s(?) pictorial stamp in lower right corner (showing a standing figure with the scales of justice hanging from his outstretched arms), raised bands, spine panels scored with multiple horizontal lines, blindstamped titling at top and bottom of backstrip, all edges gilt. Wood engraved frontispiece by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, decorative woodcut initials, device in colophon, and wide decorative border on first opening of text. Peterson A-48; Sparling 48; Tomkinson, pp. 120-21. Head and tail of boards with minor scuffing, a hint of rubbing along joints, otherwise AN ESPECIALLY FINE COPY, PRISTINE INTERNALLY, in a handsome gothic-style binding that perfectly complements the contents. According to Sparling, the present volume "was always a favourite with Morris." Subjects from the book were considered important enough to be chosen by Burne-Jones to be painted on the walls of the Red House, Upton, Bexley Heath. In editing the text of this Medieval romance, Ellis used the manuscript in the library of Lincoln Cathedral to augment and correct the printed version by J. O. Halliwell, which itself was based upon the Cambridge manuscript. We have never encountered the binder's stamp seen here, nor, for that matter, have we seen very many pleasing modern pigskin bindings like this one.
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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