E. Spenser & Walter Crane - Spenser's Faerie Queene. A poem in six books - 1897

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E. Spenser & Walter Crane - Spenser's Faerie Queene. A poem in six books - 1897
Illustrated, Literature, Poetry, Shakespeare - Quantity: 6 - Limited edition, Beautifully bound and uncut set - Book

Spenser's Faerie Queene. A poem in six books.
London, George Allen, 1897. Six volumes in six. Large 4to (27.3 x 21.2 cm). Uniform pebbled half morocco over green grained boards. Spines with two raised bands, gilt and red orenaments and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. Original printed wrappers bound in.

A famous poem by a contemporary compatriot of William Shakespeare. Richly illustrated in Art Nouveau style by Walter Crane (88 full- page woodcut illustrations and 132 head and tailpieces, and numerous woodcut initials). It took Crane three years to complete the work.
The editor, Thomas J. Wise, added most useful information on the 1590 first and 1596 second edition, as well as on some later (early 17th century) folio editions.

Printed on hand-made paper. Limited edition, issued in 1,000 copies. Fore and bottom edge uncut. Former owner's name in an old hand on the front free endpaper recto. Minimal shelf wear, the most at spine feet, but not more than to be expected from a 120 years old set. Some spotting and foxing on a few leaves in the first volume, otherwise mostly clean. In all an excellent set, rarely seen in these beautiful morocco bindings!

Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
6
Subject
Illustrated, Literature, Poetry, Shakespeare
Author/ Illustrator
E. Spenser & Walter Crane
Book Title
Spenser's Faerie Queene. A poem in six books
Condition
Very good
Publication year oldest item
1897
Edition
Illustrated Edition
Language
English
Original language
Yes
Publisher
Gearge Allen, Ruskin House, London
Binding/ Material
Half leather
Extras
Beautifully bound and uncut set, Limited edition
Number of pages
1633
Dimensions
27.3×21.2 cm
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