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The Sonnets of Sir Philip Sidney.
(London Hacon & Ricketts 1898) Octavo. 67pp. One of eight copies printed on vellum. Illustrated with "laurel leaf" borders and two ornate initials designed and cut on wood by Charles Ricketts. The two initials were designed especially for this book, to accompany the laurel leaf border and, according to Watry, "to allow the remaining letters of the first words to be set vertically in type alongside them, because "no other arrangement made possible the inclusion of the right number of lines inside the border.'" The initials were never used again in any other book. Printed in black and red. This copy is in an Arts & Crafts binding designed by Ricketts, specially bound for Laurence Hodson, noted private press collector and patron. Books produced by Ricketts and the Vale Press were usually bound in white buckram, blue paper boards, or patterned paper; however, if they so desired, customers could have their books bound in pigskin or morocco by Riviere and Son under Ricketts's supervision. Very fine in red morocco with Arts & Crafts-style gilt rules and circles and gilt turn-ins, stamped with "HR" for Hacon & Ricketts. Hodson's initials are gilt-stamped at the center of a circular design on the front cover, and the initials V. P. are gilt-stamped to the bottom of the spine. A.e.g. With Hodson's booklabel to front pastedown.
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