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    The Faerie Queene
    Illustrated by Crane and
    Beautifully Bound by Zaehnsdorf

    [Walter Crane, illustrator]. [Edmund Spenser]. Spenser's Faerie Queene. A Poem in Six Books, with the Fragment Mutabilitie. Edited by Thomas J. Wise. Pictured by Walter Crane. London: Published by George Allen. 1894-1897. First edition illustrated by Walter Crane. One of 1,000 copies on handmade paper, for England and America. Textblocks approximately 10.5 x 8.5 inches. Six quarto volumes. In nineteen parts. Each part's original pictorial wrapper front bound in with one original wrapper back at the end of each volume. Double-page general title (dated 1897), seven title-pages (dated 1894-1896), and eighty-eight full-page woodcut illustrations (including one double-page). With numerous head- and tail- pieces, decorative initials, and printer's and publisher's colophons. Bound by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey in full green morocco with decorative gilt triple ruled boards, five raised spine bands with gilt titles, rules and floral devices; top edges gilt, gilt board edges and inside dentelles, and silk endpapers. First wrapper front in each volume with a small holograph pencil fraction from "1/1" to "1/6". Some minor foxing, occasional small stains. Light page toning in the margins, heavier in first volume. An exceptionally beautiful presentation of a very good set of books. From the collection of Donald Carter.

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