London: The Commonweal, 1886 [but c. 1897].
First edition thus. Attractive full brown morocco binding with gilt lettering on cover and spine, large dentelles with gilt ruling, signed on rear dentelle, "EH 1915." Presentation Copy of a Forman piracy, from Harry Buxton Foreman to Robert Alfred Potts, bibliophile and editor, on front free fly. A rare copy of this pirated collection of poems (in his preface Foreman talks of a 'dozen or two copies'), which had originally appeared in The Commonweal. The background of the printer's circumventing of permission from Morris is outlined by Barker and Collins in their The Two Forgers: A Biography of Harry Buxton Forman and Thomas James Wise. This copy is presented to the wealthy bibliophile Potts, who was part of the inner circle of Forman and Wise, and provided them with a ready audience and a degree of respectability for their output. Original printed wrappers bound in. Fine. Most scarce.
Price: $1,850.00 Item #4684