Hammersmith: At the Kelmscott Press, 1895.
First Edition. To call William Morris a medievalist would be a truism -- his tastes were deeply rooted in a romantic understanding of the era. His enthusiasm for later literary figures, even Herrick, was muted. Of Herrick, Peterson notes that Morris remarked “languidly”, “I like him better than I thought I should: I daresay we shall make a pretty book of it.” [Peterson, The Kelmscott Press, p. 179]. And make a pretty book he did.~~In the original full limp vellum, with spine lettered in gilt. With woodcut title page, printed in red and black in Golden type throughout, with Morris’s typical floriated initials. With yapp leading edges, and copper-colored silk ribbons. From the library of Edward Hubert Litchfield, with his armorial ex-libris. (Peterson, 179; A37).
Near Fine binding.