GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS. JONSON, Ben. ~ A Croppe of Kisses. Selected Lyrics of Ben Jonson chosen, with an appreciation, by John Wallis.
No. 46 of 50 specially bound copies. Printed in Caslon Old Face on Batchelor’s handmade paper with the Golden Cockerel watermark. Golden Cockerel device printed in yellow on title page with lettering in red and green, initial letters on each page printed in green, red or blue. Tall thin 4to., original full red morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, lettered with cockerel devices on the spine, turn-ins with gilt fillet and edges with decorated gilt fillet, with the Press device blocked in gilt on the upper cover, spine lettered in gilt. Booklabel of W A Foyle at Beeleigh Abbey on the front pastedown. Spine a little faded, housed in a later morocco edged marbled paper covered slipcase.
John Wallis’s appreciation of Jonson is fulsome. He waxes lyrical about his verses: “Who can read them and not love the rough kisses of this sturdy lover of life, this duelling, non-conforming, libellous, honest rogue, this jail-bird favourite of princes” The beauty and lyrical grace of his songs fill us with wonder...” Irresistible.