Kelmscott Press - Syr Perecyvelle of Gales


Kelmscott Press - Syr Perecyvelle of Gales

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Syr Perecyvelle of Gales. [Overseen by F.S. ellis, after the edition printed by J.O. Halliwell from the MS in the Library of Lincon Cathedral.] 8vo, 21cm, pp.[iv] + 98 (including colophon), Printed by William Morris, at the Kelmscott Press, Upper Mall, Hammersmith, February 1895.

Set in Chaucer type and printed in black and red on Batchelor's 'Flower' handmade paper. One of 350 copies (plus 8 vellum). Woodcut frontispiece by Edward Burne-Jones, elaborate wide border on frontispiece and first page of text, one page with half-border, decorative woodcut initials, device in colophon. Original holland-backed blue paper-covered boards, titled in black on the front. Front flyleaf with a faint and neat presentation inscription to 'Mary M. Clark, 4 March 1897, Paris, from Mary Johnston'. A near fine copy.

This volume, like 'Sire Degrevaunt' (A47) and 'Syr Ysambrace'' (A48) was based on the text of The Thornton Romances: The Early English Romances of Perceval, Isumbras, Eglamour, and Degravant, edited by James Halliwell (Camden Society, 1844) - 'a favourite with Mr Morris from his Oxford Days', according to Cockerell. (Peterson A33)

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