Whittington Press - Reeves (James). Arcadian Ballads.


Whittington Press - Reeves (James). Arcadian Ballads.

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Arcadian Ballads; by James Reeves. With illustrations by Edward Ardizzone. Imperial 8vo, 62pp., The Whittington Press, Manor Farm, Andoversford, 1977.
Number 181 of 200 (250) copies handset in Caslon and printed in black (the title and illustrations in purple) on Arches mould-made paper and signed by the author and illustrator. Illustrated with 17 lithographic reproductions of drawings by Edward Ardizzone. Laura Ashley patterned cloth with a rose-coloured oval title-label on the front. Rose endpapers with matching slipcase. A near fine copy.
Five ballads based on Ovid's collection of myths and legends, the Metamorphoses. Those selected for this modern retelling, with Ardizzone's dense line drawings, are Pyramus and Thisbe, Pan and Syrinx, Echo and Narcissus, Arachne and Callisto.

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