Halcyon Press - The Collected Sonnets of John Keats. Illustrated by John Buckland Wright.

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The Collected Sonnets of John Keats. Illustrated by John Buckland Wright. Crown 4to, pp.[iv],72 + extra plates, Printed by Joh. Enschede en Zonen, Haarlem, for Halcyon Press, and published by A.A.M. Stols, Maastricht, 1930.

Number XXV of XXXV (376) copies printed on Imperial Japanese vellum, with a double set of proofs of 11 wood-engravings, signed on the colophon by the artist, and specially bound. Type: Van Krimpen Romanee. Illustrated with 11 full-page wood-engravings, with two extra sets of proof engravings, one on Japon vellum, one on Dutch Pannekoek paper, bound in. Full dark blue shagreen with five raised bands by Louis Malcorps, signed in gilt on the front turn-in, marbled endpapers, predominantly peacock-blue sprinkled with gold, upper board blocked in gold to a design by the artist, gilt spine titling, t.e.g. Engraved book label of James Fuller Spoerri on front endpaper. Head and tail of spine just faintly rubbed. Cloth chemise with morocco spine label, slipcase. A very good to fine copy.

The 376 copies were composed as follows: (a) 1 copy with a triple set of proofs, 5 rejected engravings and with the original sketches; (b) 15 copies with the triple set of 16 wood engravings; (c)  35 copies with the double set of proofs of 11 wood engravings; (d) 325 copies with 11 wood engravings. Some copies of (b) and (c)were never bound. These were issued in sheets in a slipcase or remain undistributed. All the bound copies have J.B.W.'s design of a nude female blocked in gold on the upper cover. This was Buckland-Wright's first published book. (See: Reid A1c)

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