London: The Scholartis Press, 1928. Hardcover. 1 of 560 copies, this copy unnumbered. INSCRIBED BY EDITOR TO H.M. ELLIS, SON OF F.S. ELLIS. The inscription reads “To H.M. Ellis Esq., and the memory of a charming afternoon from The Editor.” In his preface Doughty writes that while the letters are not likely to have a wide appeal because they are mainly about the details of publication, they still reveal a great deal about Rossetti’s personality, with a considerable cumulative effect. He also provides extensive explanatory notes. Bound in blue cloth boards with sunning to spine and board edges and some light scuffing. Except for the pulling away of a signature in the rear, the binding is tight. The pages are clean with the usual light aging to the margins and browning to free endpapers. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner affixed to front pastedown. 150 pages. PRERAPH/062008. Very Good.
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Oxford: Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1965-1967. Hardcover. First Edition. Volume I: 1835-1860; Volume II: 1861-1870; Volume III: 1871-76; Volume IV: 1877-1882. At the time of publication this was the most comprehensive collection of Rossetti's letters ever published, and included an enormous amount of hitherto unpublished material. As stated by the editors, "These letters present a fascinating picture of London Art-circles, seen through the vivid personality of the poet-painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti." In addition to chronicling his own complex life, many important contemporaries appear in Rossetti's correspondence, including Ruskin, Madox Brown, Morris, Burne-Jones, Millais, and Swinburne. The first letter in the collection was written when Rossetti was seven years old. The last was written four days before his death on April 9 1882. In publisher dust jackets in light red and cream with Rossetti protrait on front cover. Price-clipped but otherwise very good. Bound in original dark blue cloth with title and editors to spines. Interior pages bright and clean, and in near fine condition. Continuously paginated: 1953 pages. This set may require an extra shipping fee. PRERAPH/111914. Very Good / Very Good.