The Kelmscott Edition of the First Book Printed in English
KELMSCOTT PRESS. LEFEVRE, Raoul. Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press , 1892.
One of 300 paper copies printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, of an edition of 305. Three books in two volumes. Large quartos (11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches; 290 x 210 mm). xv, [1], 295, [1, blank]; [297]-507, [3, blank], [509]-718 pp. Printed in red and black in Troy and Chaucer type. Decorative woodcut borders and initials. Edited by H. Halliday Sparling.

Publisher's full limp vellum with yapp edges. With newer green silk ties. Spines lettered in gilt. Some very light toning to a few pages of signature ii in volume II as usual, but much lighter than usual. Text is overall very clean. Overall, a very good set. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell with red morocco label.

A reprint of the first book printed in English, which had long been a favorite with Morris. Although there had been a number of earlier editions of the Recuyell, the Kelmscott Press version was the first to go back directly to Caxtonís text. This was the first book printed in Troy type, and the first in which Chaucer type was used (for table of contents and glossary). All of the ornaments in the margins and the initials throughout the text are by Morris.

Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves,. De Ricci. De Ricci. Peterson A8. Ransom, Private Presses,. Sparling. Tomkinson,.

HBS # 67927 $7,500