An increasingly hard book to find in such good, original condition: ‘This volume was one of the most in-demand books ever produced by Kelmscott Press. In 1898, Sydney Cockerell describes it as “one of the rare books issued from the Press because of its popularity”. This popularity was apparently earned despite the text’s scholarly flaws. According to Kelmscott scholar William S. Peterson, Ellis later wrote that his friend and fellow man of letters F. J. Furnivall has been “taking me roundly to task for some crimes committed in the Shakespeare’s Poems – so much that I am thinking of imprinting it yet once again.”‘ (Kelmscott Press Collection, Cleveland Museum of Art Ingalls Library. Kelmscott Publication No. 11 of 53)
Limited to 500 copies, 8vo., printed in red and black, wood-engraved borders and decorative initials designed by William Morris, slight spotting to lower edge of upper endpapers, otherwise near-fine, publisher’s limp vellum, ribbon ties, yapp edges, age-toned, some minor shrinkage-creasing to vellum, more so to rear panel, otherwise a very good copy.
Provenance: ‘F.S.C. to J.C., 1894’ (ink inscription on front free endpaper).
Stock ID: 98254