KELMSCOTT PRESS. CAVENDISH, George. ~ The Life of Cardinal Wolsey.
One of 250 copies printed on Batchelor handmade paper (6 copies were printed on vellum). Woodcut borders and initials by William Morris. Printed in Golden type. 8vo., original limp vellum with silk ties, one tie has torn with the rest of it loose inside the book, spine lettered in gilt.
Cavendish was an usher in Wolsey's household between 1526 and 1530 and he wrote this book around 1557. It wasn't printed until a century later but many manuscript copies of it had been handed around so it was well-known. The first printed copy appeared in 1641 taken from one imperfect ms. Morris's aim was to put a more perfect text in print, taken from the author's autograph mansucript in the British Library and edited by F.S. Ellis. It makes fascinating reading with detailed insights into Wolsey's character and lowly beginnings.
An extremely good, fresh copy. Booklabel of Clarence B. Hanson, Jr. on the front pastedown.