CRANE, Walter

Renascence. A Book of Verse


London: Elkin Mathews at the sign of the Bodley Head. 1891.

Limited edition, number six of twenty-five copies printed for sale in England on Japanese Vellum. Signed by Walter Crane. 8vo. 240x180mm. pp. xiii, 162, [5]. Loose gatherings, unbound in a slipcase of blue card with parchment spine gilt stamped with title, author and date. Thirty-nine illustrations by Crane engraved by Arthur Leverett, Emery Walker and W. Boutall. The gatherings are in fine condition. The slip case shows some markings and tears and has been repaired in places. Overall, this is a very good example of a scarce edition.

There are several limited editions of this work published by Elkin Mathews but this is generally reckoned to be the finest and most rare. As a contemporary reviewer wrote, “The little volume does both author and publisher credit for the tasteful style in which it is produced”.  

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