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The Story of the Glittering Plain
Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press,, 1894. Large quarto. Original quarter linen backing blue paper boards, no label, edges uncut. Wood-engraved illustrations designed by Walter Crane in the text; woodcut borders; 3-, 5-, 6- and 8-line initials; chapter titles in red. Bookplate of Robert Steele. Spine rubbed, a little wear to tips, a few short marginal tears or paper flaws not affecting text, marginal hole in sig. B7 covered with old tape, again text not affected, still an excellent copy of this apparently unrecorded trial printing. Proof copy, printed on different paper to the regular Perch paper subsequently used for the 250 paper copies, presentation copy from Halliday Sparling to the medievalist Robert Steele, with his inscription on the blank preceding the half-title: "To Robert Steele, this 'retree' copy, from the 'corrector for the press', Halliday Sparling 2:xi:94" ("retree" is a printer's term, meaning slightly imperfect paper), and with an inscription below, in another hand: "Printed on the experimental paper first made for the K.P. and rejected as too hard. It was made from clippings of new sail-cloth of pure linen." The paper in this copy is certainly both too hard and slightly imperfect, with a number of small flaws (see note). Its slightly coarse surface has, on occasion (as for example on p. 22), resisted the printer's ink, resulting in partially grey print. The book is printed from a slightly different setting of type, indicative of prepublication state. For example, the woodcut vignette chapter heading on p. 50 has a left-hand woodcut border not extending as far as the body type, and the page retains its number, whereas all other chapter headings (and the final published version of this chapter) omit the page number. In the published version, the woodcut border is replaced with one that extends more elegantly below the last line of text. This trail printing is not recorded in Peterson.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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