London: Reeves & Turner, 1887.
First one-volume edition. Original fine wove dark green cloth, printed label on spine. A nice association, presented by Morris to John Barnes , Oct. 1888, on half-title. John Barnes was an assistant to T. J. Cobden-Sanderson and had written to Morris on at least one occasion, and Cobden-Sanderson added a note in a letter to Morris, "addressed to my assistant John Barnes, to whom Morris was always most friendly- as was his wont with most people." who, according to Buxton Forman's note, was "for many years a shopman at 29 New Bond Street; and when Morris's books were published there by Ellis, the poet used to present copies to Barnes & inscribe them..." As well, Buxton Forman provides a full page holograph note explaining Barnes: "Note. John Barnes, to whom this book was presented, was for many years shopman at 29 New Bond Street; and when Morris's books were published there by Ellis, the poet used to present copies to Barnes & inscribe them. It is interesting to find that he still 'remembered' Barnes after the change of publishers." With H. Buxton Forman's decorative bookplate on front pastedown. Very good with weakening of upper joint. A most pleasing association and provenance together provided herewith.
Price: $2,500.00 Item #4689