Item #32571 Flower and the Leaf. Geoffrey Chaucer.
Flower and the Leaf.
Flower and the Leaf.
(Printed on Vellum)

Flower and the Leaf.

Harwood, Edith (illus.)

(London: Essex House Press, 1902). Octavo. 45pp. One of 165 copies, printed entirely on vellum. With hand-colored illustrations and initials by Edith Harwood, comprising one full-page and one double-page illustration, and eighty historiated initials. Alan Crawford describes Harwood's work for Essex House Press as harmonious and in keeping with the aesthetic of the time. Her images were "in a simple outline style of the sort found in contemporary children's books, which could be easily and tellingly enriched with colour." He also calls her work on the initials for this particular book one of the two "most successful" of the series. This is the sixth book of the "Great Poems" series from Essex House Press. In full vellum over boards, blind-stamped with the rose logo and the motto of the series, "Soul is Form." Faint soiling, else fine, housed in a stout cloth slipcase. This is the Abbey copy with his bookplate on the front pastedown and accession notes on the rear endleaf. Item #32571

(Crawford, p. 385; Ashbee, pp. 71-2; Tomkinson 29).

Price: $2,500.00

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