Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, [1891-1895]. A nice selection of ten small octavo sample leaves with 20 pages of text from the following Kelmscott Press titles: Pages 215-218 from Biblia Innocentum; pages 71-74 from Morris's Poems By the Way; Pages 37-38 and 43-44 from Syr Perecyvelle of Gales; pages 39-42 from The Defense of Guenevere, with the beautiful decorative title page of "Sir Peter Hardon's End" with a ten-line initial "O;" pages 179-180 and 189-190 from Poems of John Keats. All of the leaves are printed in Golden type on Flower paper. All except the Biblia are printed in red and black. With an additional ten-line initial in the Keats, and several three and six-line decorated initials throughout. The paper for the Keats leaves has browned, clean tear to pages 73-74 of Poems by the Way, and lightly visible pencil marks to Defense, otherwise all in very good condition. An excellent set of Kelmscott Press typography and decoration for teaching environments. PRI/041316. Very Good.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. This is an original leaf from the Kelmscott Press masterpiece, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, accompanied by an essay by the bookseller John Windle on its commercial history. The leaf is from a disbound and dispersed damaged copy. Copies were presented by Windle in a paper portfolio in 1994 as a keepsake to members of the Colophon, Roxburghe, and Zamorano Clubs. The folio-sized leaf is from pages 215-216, “The Persouns Tale.” There is no illustration, but there are one large and twelve small decorated initials. The leaf is in very good condition except for a bit of rubrication (red ink text) bleed-through on the two shoulder titles and one section heading, and a little rippling along top edge. The first page of the accompanying essay is decorated with a Burne-Jones illustration and woodcut borders reproduced from the Chaucer. The essay includes a chart comparing auction prices of the Chaucer to three other notable books, 1966-1993, on the other pages. MOR/110414. Very Good.
London: Alexander Moring Ltd, 1904. Hardcover. From the illustrious Waugh family, with the bookplate of Evelyn and Alec's father, Arthur. The name "Alec Waugh, Xmas 1916" is written in pencil on a free front end page, so it is unclear who owned the book when. Bound in red cloth with the title embossed. Spine has title and author in gilt. In very nice condition except for some light fraying to spine ends and barely bumped boards. Interior pages show some browning from age and darker spots on the fore-edge. Tear to top right margin to pages 201-204, pages 201-202 missing the piece torn. Text not affected. 255 pages. MOR/070710. Near Fine.