GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS. BUCKLAND WRIGHT, John. ~ Endymion. A Poetic Romance by John Keats.
58 wood-engravings by John Buckland-Wright. One of 400 ordinary copies (this no. 379), there were also 100 special copies. Tall 4to., original quarter white vellum with brown buckram boards, spine lettered in gilt, image of Cynthia amongst the stars and planets by Buckland Wright blocked in gilt on upper cover, top edge gilt, others uncut. Couple of small blind library stamps on title and final blank, heavy browning on pp.85-6 and 91-2 and mildy on a couple of other leaves, some rubbing to the cloth and a couple of small bumps to corners. With the booklabel of Samuel Henry Henderson on front pastedown.
Endymion in a quest for ideal beauty, explores woods and glades, the underworld, the depths of the sea and then the skies where he finds the ultimate object of ideal beauty in Cynthia, goddess of the moon. Buckland Wright upholds the romance and “maintained ectasy” of Keats’s great poem in his seemingly constant stream of passionate wood-engravings.