Lot 66 of 253:
The Kelmscott edition of Keats Poems  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$3,300
Estimate:
$2,000 - $3,000

Title:
The Poems of John Keats
Author:
Keats, John
Place:
Hammersmith
Publisher:
Kelmscott Press
Date:
1894
Description:

[vi], 384, [1] pp. Wood engraved initials and borders designed by William Morris. (8vo) 20.5x14.5 cm (8x5¾") original limp vellum, spine lettered in gilt, ribbon ties lacking, custom slipcase. One of 300 copies on paper.

Since its publication, one of the most desirable titles of the press, the original subscription selling out rapidly. This copy with the double title page borders delicately colored by hand, the large initial letter 'A' colored in gilt. An additional approximately 85 initial letters within also colored by hand, one in gilt. Peterson A24. Provenance: The fine press collection of Lynval Davidson, a small calligraphic slip with his name inserted at the half title. Davidson's collection was sold by Parke-Bernet in 1969.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Some yellowing and soiling to vellum, ribbon ties detached (3 of the 4 still present laid in); light foxing; very good.
 
Item number:
283694
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