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MAUD by  ALFRED LORD (VELLUM PRINTING).  (ESSEX HOUSE PRESS).  TENNYSON - ONE OF 125 COPIES, all ON VELLUM (this copy unnumbered) - 1905 - from Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts (SKU: CCS1906)


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[Chipping Campden]: Essex House Press, 1905. ONE OF 125 COPIES, all ON VELLUM (this copy unnumbered). 195 x 130 mm. (7 3/4 x 5"). 75, [1] pp. ONE OF 125 COPIES, all ON VELLUM (this copy unnumbered). Limp vellum, flat spine with gilt titling. With hand-colored frontispiece by Reginald Savage after Laurence Housman and hand-painted initials by Annie Power, hand-colored printer's device in colophon. Ransom, p. 269; Tomkinson, p. 77. One small pink stain where red paint used for an initial bled slightly, otherwise a fine copy, the vellum leaves clean, creamy, and bright, and the binding unworn. This is the 13th in the series of 14 "Great Poems" produced by Essex House Press, and is one of the scarcer works in that group. Only the Shelley "Adonais," the first of the series, was printed in a smaller quantity than the Tennyson "Maud." Essex House Press was founded by C. R. Ashbee and Laurence Hodson in 1898, with the aim of carrying on the revival of hand printing led by William Morris' Kelmscott Press. To that end, they acquired the Albion press and other equipment (but not the types) used by Kelmscott, which had closed after Morris' death, and proceeded to publish finely printed books for 12 years. The initials here were hand-painted by Anastasia "Annie" Power, who also supervised the bindery for Ashbee's Guild of Handicraft. Our copy is not in the standard publisher's binding (stiff vellum with embossed rose on front cover) used for the volumes in the "Great Poems" series. Its simple limp vellum binding--very like those used for Doves Press books--combined with its unnumbered state--suggests that it may have been done for one of the people directly involved in the project rather than being for sale.


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About Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts

Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books an Manuscripts was established in 1978 on a ping pong table in a basement in Kalamazoo, Michigan. From the beginning, its founder was willing to sell a range of material (both because this approach made the work more educational than otherwise and because it gave him a good excuse for not being an expert in any particular specialty). Over the years, the business has gravitated toward historical artifacts that are physically attractive in some way--illuminated material, fine bindings, books printed on vellum, fore-edge paintings, beautiful typography and paper, impressive illustration. Today, the company still sells a wide range of things, from (scruffy) ninth century leaves to biblical material from all periods to Wing and STC imprints to modern private press books to artists' bindings. While we are forgiving about condition when something is of considerable rarity, we always try to obtain the most attractive copies possible of whatever we offer for sale.


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