THE EVE OF ST. AGNES.
- (London, Strand: Essex House Press, 1900).
- original full vellum over boards, embossed rose vignette on front cover and the motto "Soul is Form.", gilt titling on spine
- 23+(1) pages
Price: $2,500.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 116316
Limited to 125 numbered copies printed by C. R. Ashbee of the Essex House Press (Modern British and American Private Presses 1850-1965, 63). Lacking the tissue paper issued at time of publication. A few dots of foxing on edges of textblock, just a hint of soil to binding, but an extremely fine copy. Red corrections or directions for the use of color highlight certain letters in the text. Hand-colored frontispiece illustrated by Reginald Savage. Ashbee purchased Kelmscott's Albion presses after the death of William Morris and employed one of the Kelmscott compositors, Thomas Binning, and "came from the heart of the arts and crafts movement" (Franklin, p. 64). Hand-colored frontispiece and tailpiece, rubricated by hand throughout all on vellum. Keats's romantic narrative poem was first published in his final book Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other poems in 1820.