signedfirst editionGolden type, printed in black and red with elaborate woodcut title-page and woodcut initials throughout. [iv], 197,  pp. 1 vo
by Morris, William
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1891. First edition, one of 300 copies on paper. Golden type, printed in black and red with elaborate woodcut title-page and woodcut initials throughout. [iv], 197,  pp. 1 vols. Small 8vo. Publisher's stiff vellum with yapp edges, original sage silk ties (one with loss). Fine, in custom blue morocco-backed clamshell box. Provenance: Willis Vickery (bookplate); Estelle Doheny (morocco booklabel, her sale, Christie's, 19 May 1989, lot 2277). First edition, one of 300 copies on paper. Golden type, printed in black and red with elaborate woodcut title-page and woodcut initials throughout. [iv], 197,  pp. 1 vols. Small 8vo. Inscribed Copy of the Second Kelmscott Press Book. The second book of the Kelmscott Press, and the first to be printed in two colors. This copy inscribed by Morris on a flyleaf, "To Phyllis Marion Ellis/ from/ William Morris/ October 21st, 1891". The recipient is the daughter of Frederick Startridge Ellis, Morris's executor, publisher and close friend. They met in 1864, introduced by Algernon Charles Swinburne - Ellis later took over from Dante Gabriel Rossetti the joint tenancy, with Morris, of Kelmscott manor in Oxfordshire. Ellis brought out many of Morris's pre-Kelmscott works - including The Glittering Plain, The Grettis Saga, and Love is Enough - and was one of the proofreaders of the Kelmscott Chaucer. Peterson A2; Cockerell 2; Sparling 2 (Inventory #: 304209)
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