With Twenty-Three Wood-Engraved Illustrations Designed by Walter Crane
KELMSCOTT PRESS. MORRIS, William. Story of the Glittering Plain. which has been also called The Land of Living Men or The Acre of the Undying. Hammersmith: Sold by William Morris, at the Kelmscott Press , 1894].
One of 250 paper copies. Large quarto. 177 pp. Printed in red and black in Troy type, with table of contents in Chaucer type. With twenty-three wood-engraved illustrations designed by Walter Crane. Decorative woodcut borders and initials.

Full limp vellum with original green silk ties (one tie lacking from the middle of rear board). Spine lettered in gilt. Gilt very slightly dulled. Armorial bookplate of Francis Frederick Fox on the front pastedown endpaper. Small closed crack to vellum at the bottom edge of the front board expertly repaired. Otherwise a fine copy. Housed in a custom brown morocco fall-down-back box with the Kelmscott logo stamped in black. A lovely copy of a wonderful book.

The only title printed twice by the Kelmscott Press. Morris was so eager to get the first edition (published in 1891) into print that he would not wait for Crane’s illustrations (Peterson).

Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 31-32. Peterson A22. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 327, no. 22. Sparling 22. Tomkinson, p. 113, no. 22.

HBS # 67926 $7,000