Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. Limited Edition. Large Quarto; 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 in (292 x 210 x mm). pp. v + woodcut title +162 + colophon. LIMITED EDITION. One of 300 copies on paper, two-color printing. Original limp vellum, with silk ties, gilt lettering on spine; pages uncut, many unopened. Printed in red and black text, printed in Troy with glossary in Chaucer type, wood-engraved borders, ornamental decorations and initials designed by William Morris. Edited by H. Halliday Sparling. Sold by Bernard Quaritch, 15, Piccadilly, London. Engraved decorative book plate of James Strohn Copley. Contained in a very handsome 1/4 tan calf bespoke fall-back box with gilt lettering on spine with 4 raised bands. FINE CONDITION. THIS COPY IS NOTABLY FRESH.
[Peterson 10; Tomkinson p.110 no.10; Ransom p. 326, no.10].
"William Morris wrote this description for Quaritch: “This translation . . . is one of the very best of his works as to style, and being translated from a kindred tongue is delightful as to mere language. In its rude joviality, and simple and direct delineation of character, it is a thoroughly good representative of the famous Beast Epic.”
Caxton remarks in his Preface: "If anything be written herein that may grieve or displease man, blame me not, but the fox, for they be his words and not mine."
Provenance: The James S. Copley Library. James Strohn Copley was a journalist and newspaper publisher. He published the San Diego Union and the San Diego Evening Tribune, from 1947 until his death in 1973, CEO of the Copley Press, and was President of the Inter American Press Association. He assembled an extensive and notable collection of books and manuscripts.
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