(University Press)

In Memoriabilia Mortis.

Annan, Sylvester P. (illus.)

(Cambridge, MA: University Press), 1896. Octavo. (12)pp. First edition. This is the second book of poetry by Sherman, who composed this elegy for William Morris two months after Morris's death. Each of the six stanzas is a complete and perfectly formed sonnet, pointing to Sherman's mastery of the form. This copy features skillful illumination of the title page and initial capitals, executed by Saint Louis artist Sylvester P. Annan. Trained in Paris, and the son of noted architect Thomas P. Annan, Sylvester Annan is perhaps best known for designing the allegorical window at Union Station in St. Louis. Laid in is a receipt from W.W. Nisbet's Shakespeare Head Book Shop, dated 8 April, 1903. The purchaser of this special copy was St. Louis jurist Jacob Klein, whose collection was sold in 1911. Bound in pale blue wrappers with title on upper cover, very much in the Kelmscott style. Some chipping along extremities, kettle stitch broken, resulting in a loose text block. Near fine overall. Item #29476

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