[Ricketts, Charles] Hero and Leander. Christopher Marlowe.
[Ricketts, Charles] Hero and Leander

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[Ricketts, Charles] Hero and Leander

London: Ballantyne Press and Sold by Elkin Mathews, 1894.

Original exquisite full vellum boards with famous gilt stamped design by Charles Ricketts on both covers and spine. 220 Copies. Pictorial title and six illustrations designed and cut on wood by Ricketts and Shannon. Side and bottom edges untrimmed. One of the three ìPre-Valeî books, Hero and Leander is one of the truly distinctive Nineties' book meshing illustration and binding. Superb full-page frontispiece and six half-page woodcut illustrations, woodcut initials and colophon device at end, by Ricketts and Shannon. The prospectus for this book gives a wonderful explanation concerning the woodcuts: ìThe effective small cuts combine the style of the early Florentine woodcut with the elongated Pre-Raphaelite figure style. To obtain unity of effect in this book, Ricketts drew all the designs on blocks, though half were of Shannonís invention.î [from ìThe Turn of the Century,î Houghton Library, 1970]. A near fine copy, with the usual speckled browning to pages at beginning at end, almost always found due to the acidity of the paper used. One of two items mentioned in the desiderata note appended to "Books from the Vale Press," by James Humphry.

Price: $2,850.00   Item #5878

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