Item #33225 Tale of the Emperor Coustans and of Over Sea. William Morris, trans.
Tale of the Emperor Coustans and of Over Sea.
Tale of the Emperor Coustans and of Over Sea.
Tale of the Emperor Coustans and of Over Sea.
(Printed on Vellum)

Tale of the Emperor Coustans and of Over Sea.

Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894. 16mo. 130pp. One of twenty copies printed on vellum, a substrate on which Morris' skill with the materials of printing shines particularly well. The pairing of the two tales herein relays the historical arc of Morris' literary and aesthetic interests: Emperor Coustans ruled in 4th-century Byzantium, and the Tale of Over Sea follows the exploits of a familiar knight's quest. This copy specially bound by Deborah Evetts, whose signature appears at the foot of the lower doublure, in full green morocco. Covers with single gilt rule to head, double rule to foot, and both with gilt-stamped points and flowers that finely evoke the Pre-Raphaelite zeal for the natural. Gilt title to upper cover. Spine in four compartments, gilt ornament continuous across. A very fine copy, housed in dropback box. Item #33225

(Peterson A26).

Price: $35,000.00

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