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The Noble and Joyous Book Entytled Le Morte Darthur
Chelsea: Ashendene Press, (1913). Folio. (4), xxiv, 502pp. One of 145 copies. Printed in Subiaco type. The text is from Caxton's edition of 1485. Illustrated with two full-page woodcuts at the beginning and end of the book and twenty-seven smaller woodcuts in the text, drawn by Charles M. and Margaret Gere. Graily Hewitt designed "two or three alphabets of fine initials" (as described in Hornby's bibliography) for this book, and they are printed alternately in red and blue. The largest book of the Press, and the first in three colors. Sydney Cockerell called it "a glorious piece of printing... The presswork is miraculous." Emery Walker called it "magnificent... it shows that England is still ahead of the world in fine printing." In the original binding of full brown cowhide. Spine in six compartments, with titling in gilt on the spine and a single gilt edge rule. Very light foxing along edge of text block, else a fine copy, uncommon thus in the publisher's binding. Housed in chemise and cloth slipcase.
      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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