VALE PRESS. ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel. ~ The Blessed Damozel.
7 elaborate woodcut initials by Charles Ricketts, printed in red and black under the supervision of Ricketts at the Ballantyne Press. One of 210 copies. Oblong 32mo, an extremely good, fresh copy in full rich chestnut morocco by Bumpus with gilt tooling of flowers, leaves, stars and centrepiece of roses plus gilt lettering on the spine, top edge gilt, others uncut, gilt trefoils on turnins. Corners slightly bumped with a little shelf wear to bottom edge, mild offset from turn-ins and a tiny tear on the ffep, otherwise a really charming book.
Rossetti’s ‘Blessed Damozel’ first appeared in the second number of ‘The Germ’ in 1850 and was particularly admired by Ricketts. This admiration led him to produce this exquisite little book from the Vale Press.