Spenser's Faerie Queene; A Poem in Six Books, with the Fragment Mutabilitie. Edited by Thomas J. Wise. Pictured by Walter Crane.
London: George Allen, 1897. Six volumes. 4tos; lxxxvii, 1-248 , viii, 251-527 , viii, 529-805 , viii, 807-1044 , viii, 1045-1274 , viii, 1277-1546 ; full polished tree calf gilt with exquisitely tooled spines with red and tan leather labels, marbled endpapers; t.e.g. Rear cover of the final volume detached, hinges tender; some surface scratches; spines faded a shade. A very handsome set. Item #206378
One of 1000 unnumbered copies on handmade paper printed by Charles Whittingham & Co. at the Chiswick Press, this copy has been beautifully bound in the Riviere style by H.S. Nichols. One of the high-water marks of Art & Crafts book design, this was Walter Crane's last major commission and one of his most fully executed and highly prized publications, featuring 88 full-page illustrations, along with head and tailpieces, devices, and initials throughout. The set was issued in parts between 1894 and 1897 and the original title pages and publisher's devices are bound in at the rear of each volume of this set. [n.b. this is a heavy multi-volume set and will require additional shipping charges].