KELMSCOTT PRESS. MORRIS, William. ~ The Story of the Glittering Plain.
One of 250 copies printed on Batchelor handmade paper, (7 copies were printed on vellum). Wood engraved illustrations designed by Walter Crane, woodcut title page, borders and initials by William Morris. Printed in red and black in Troy type, and Chaucer type for the table of contents. Large 4to., original limp vellum with silk ties, title in gilt on spine, uncut. Lacking one tie but otherwise an extremely good, crisp copy.
Morris printed this title twice, it being the first book of the press as well as the twenty-second. The first lacked Crane's illustrations. In the end, Morris didn't really like Crane's illustrations but he compensated for this with his elaborate and dramatic title-page which Buxton Forman declared was "one of the finest of his Kelmscott designs".
Tipped in is a wonderful als from Walter Crane on his Holland St. Kensington paper to Mr. Baillie thanking him for a present - “it will be a great source of interest to watch the progress of the bulbs. Apparently as an exchange - surely not - Crane sends Baillie this copy of Glittering Plain which has his illustrations. “I take the chance of you not having the book”.
This book was formerly in the collection of George W. Jones “at the sign of the Dolphin” and is listed in the catalogue of his library