London: Ballantyne Press [Vale Press], 1898. Limited Edition. Paper covered boards. 8vo. 1 of 210 copies. It was printed at the Ballantyne Press under the supervision of the founder of the Vale Press, Charles Ricketts. Michael Field was the pseudonym of the poets/playrights Katherine Harris Bradley and Edith Cooper, who were aunt and niece as well as lesbian lovers. They were part of the 1890s circle and close friends of Charles Ricketts and his partner, Charles Shannon. In her bibliography of the Vale Press, Maureen Watry recounts the rather complicated publication history of this title. Ultimately the writers were delighted with the outcome, particularly the design of the title page and of the flying peacock motif on the paper boards. Harris in fact wrote in her journal that the title page’s capital letter was ‘the most beautiful...in the whole world.’ (See Watry, The Vale Press, pages 142-144). The play itself was regarded by Cooper as a masterpiece. Very good in speckled green and buff peacock patterned paper covered boards with greyish-blue paper covered spine. The spine is darkened with bumping to ends and scuff mark with bump to edge. Browning to title label, top edges of boards, and to blue paper. The boards show minor wear to edges and corners. Some offsetting to end papers and a few spots of foxing to edges of several pages. Very occasional small spots of foxing elsewhere to interior. Printed in black Vale type with red type and ornament to a list of characters and to the title page. Pages are unopened. A desirable copy of this lovely Vale Press title. cxvi pages plus colophon. PRI/062722. Very Good +.