"The prettiest book yet done"

    [Kelmscott Press]. [Ramón Lull]. The Order of Chivalry. [Translated from the French by William Caxton, edited by F.S. Ellis]. [Including:] L'Ordene de chevalerie, with translation by William Morris. [London: Sold by Reeves & Turner, 1893]. One of 225 paper copies, out of a total edition of 235 copies. Small quarto. [4], 150, [2] pages. Printed in red and black in Chaucer type. Wood-engraved frontispiece designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Decorative woodcut borders and initials. Original full limp vellum with green silk ties. Spine lettered in gilt. Very minor rubbing to spine, else a bright, fine copy of "the prettiest book yet done" (Sydney Cockerell as quoted in Peterson).
    "The inclusion of L'Ordene was an afterthought; hence the book's peculiar format. (The first part of the volume represents the final use of the smaller Flower paper.) L'Ordene was initially translated into prose by Ellis before Morris decided to render it in verse." (Peterson). It was the first book printed in Chaucer type. From the collection of John Carrol Collins.

    Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 23-24. Peterson, A13. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 326, no. 13. Sparling, 13. Tomkinson, p. 110, no. 13.

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