- London: Hacon and Ricketts, 1902.
- Quarter bound in cloth over paper covered boards w/ paper title labels to upper board and spine
- 198 pages
- ISBN: none
Price: $400.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 138103
First Vale Press edition limited to 310 copies. Watry, B35. Edged bumped; partially unopened. A very good copy. With book label, "From the Library of John Masefield, O.M., Poet Laureate."
The decorations were designed by Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), a publisher, designer, and wood engraver who readily embraced the printing revival which propagated the ideals of the arts-and-crafts movement: "The novelty of a book, made during the recent revival, lies in the fact that it shows design in each portion of it, from type to paper, and from 'build' to decoration. Therein lies the difference between a book so understood and any other modern book printed before 1891.". Franklin, p. 81; Ransom, p. 437.
The Ricketts' designs were engraved by C. E. Keates. In addition to the works listed on the title-page, the Vale Press edition also includes the 'Letter to a Friend' and the fragment 'On Dreams'. Religio Medici is prefaced with Browne's note 'to the reader', written for the first authorised edition of 1643; similarly, the title for 'Urn Burial' takes the form of the first edition of 1658.