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The Golden Legend. 3 volumes
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. Hard Cover. Very Good. Burne-Jones, Edward. Burne-Jones, Edward. Hard Cover. This is 1 of 500 paper copies with no vellum copies issued. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed by the editor Frederick Ellis "to my dear wife / October 5th, 1892 / F.S. Ellis." Morris intended for this to be the very first book printed at the Kelmscott Press; however, due to the length and an issue with sufficient paper supply, the project was postponed. As Morris did not own Caxton';s 1493 translation of The Golden Legend and no complete modern reprints existed, Ellis arranged to borrow a copy from the Cambridge University Library for transcription by his daughter. According to William S. Peterson, "Ellis took complete control of the editorial side of the operation, referring only a few difficult textual questions to Morris." Ellis worked closely with Morris on designing and planning this edition; the two later collaborated on many other Kelmscott volumes, including the Chaucer. [Peterson Bibliography, A7] Very good in original binding of blue Holland backed boards and paper title labels to spines. The spines, joints, and title labels of Volumes I and III have been expertly restored by a master book and paper conservator. Wear to the corners of boards and minor fraying to cloth along the spine of Volume II. There is minor chipping to the labels and the label on Volume II is lifting slightly. The interiors are bright and clean overall with a few small spots of foxing and browning to end pages. There are a few short closed tears to the edges of several pages. Morris';s printed note to the binder is pasted down to the front end page of Volume I. There are two exquisite full page woodcuts by Edward Burne-Jones in Volume I and there are beautiful woodcut initials throughout. Each volume is housed in an archival paper case with a custom fitted text block support structure. 1286 pages. MOR/042208.
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