GREGYNOG PRESS. BLUNT, William Scawen & Lady Anne. ~ The Celebrated Romance of the Stealing of the Mare.
Wood engraved frontispiece and 13 decorated initials designed and engraved by R.A. Maynard, all hand coloured and illuminated with gold. No. 262 of 275 copies. Printed in Garamond type on Japanese vellum. Tall 4to., original calf backed, patterned paper covered boards, spine lettered in gilt. Spine very slightly darkened with few small marks, tiny bit of rubbing to the very edges otherwise a very good copy in a later cloth slipcase.
One of the cycle of tales from the important medieval Islamic romance of Salame Abu Zeyd translated from the original Arabic by Lady Anne Blunt and done into verse by William Scawen Blunt. Interestingly T.E. Lawrence rejected £20,000 to write an introduction to the book on the grounds that it was an Eastern subject.
A magnificently decorative book and one of the best produced by the Press. This copy has a printed leaf tipped in which declares, “The leather on the back of this book has been made from fresh skins of English calves by G.W. Russell & Co of Hitchin who, advised by Mr. Douglas Cockerell, have succeeded in producing skins with the natural surface unimpared, which, it is confidently expected, will prove to be durable as the ‘calf’ used for binding in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.”