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REYNARD THE FOX
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. ONE OF 300 COPIES on paper (along with 10 copies on vellum). Hardcover. A Quarto Kelmscott in Fine Sangorski Morocco. 289 x 203 mm (11 3/8 x 8"). iv, [ii], 162, [2] pp. Translated by William Caxton. ONE OF 300 COPIES on paper (along with 10 copies on vellum). MOST APPEALING DARK BROWN CRUSHED MOROCCO, ATTRACTIVELY GILT, BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers with delicately tooled gilt border of curving lines and floral tools, accented by leaves and berries stamped in black, raised bands, spine compartments with curving gilt lines forming quadrants, each with a small blindstamped leaf at the central point, gilt titling, turn-ins with French fillet, all edges gilt. Title and first page with elaborate full white vine border by William Morris, numerous partial borders and eight-line white vine initials throughout. Printed in Troy type in black and red with glossary in Chaucer type. Ransom 10; Peterson A-10. Two tiny dark spots (naturally occurring in leather?) to lower board, half a dozen openings with faint overall yellowing, otherwise A FINE COPY, quite clean and fresh internally, and in a lustrous, unworn binding. This is the first Kelmscott Press book to have trimmed edges, and it represents one of Morris' favorite works by William Caxton, well-known as England's first printer, less well-known as an important early English translator. In a note for a catalogue issued by Bernard Quaritch, Morris wrote, "This translation of Caxton's is one of the very best of his works as to style; and being translated from a kindred tongue is delightful as mere language. In its rude joviality, and simple and direct delineation of character, it is a thoroughly good representative of the famous ancient Beast Epic." The appropriately antique-style typeface and attractive woodcut decorations are complemented here by a typically handsome Sangorski binding, probably executed during the last half of the 20th century.
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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