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    The Kelmscott Press Troye

    [Kelmscott Press]. [Raoul LeFevre]. The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye. [London: Sold by Bernard Quaritch, 1892]. One of 300 paper copies printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. Three books in two volumes, large quarto. xv, [1], 295, [1, blank]; [297]-507, [3, blank], [509]-718 pages. Printed in red and black in Troy and Chaucer type. Decorative woodcut borders and initials. Edited by H. Halliday Sparling. Full limp vellum with olive silk ties. Spines lettered in gilt. Some rubbing, toning to bindings, two ties missing from volume I, one tie missing from volume II. Boards somewhat bowed outward (common for this title), some offsetting from ties on endleaves. Mild occasional foxing in text. Still, a near fine copy.
    A reprint of the first book printed in English, which had long been a favorite with Morris. Although there had been a number of earlier editions of the Recuyell, the Kelmscott Press version was the first to go back directly to Caxton's text. This was the first book printed in Troy type, and the first in which Chaucer type was used (for table of contents and glossary). All of the ornaments in the margins and the initials throughout the text are by Morris. From the collection of John Carrol Collins.

    Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 18-19. Peterson, A8. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 326, no. 8. Tomkinson, p. 109, no. 8. Sparling, 8.

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