GORGEOUSLY Printed Poetry & Portrait on VELLUM fromthe MOSHER PRESS
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. The blessed damozel. [colophon: Portland, Maine: Thomas B. Mosher, 1901]. 4to (14.7 cm; 5.75"). , frontis., xiii, , 32,  pp.
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First variorum edition of Rossetti's poem, here with a photogravure frontispiece after the author's 1874 portrait of Alexa Wilding for Lord Mount-Temple. The text is here printed as it first appeared in the February 1850 issue of The Germ with, neatly printed below, the variants present in the 1856 Oxford and Cambridge Magazine, the 1870 Poems, and the 1886
Collected Works. Mosher printed two other editions in 1902 and 1905.
Bishop notes the decorative similarities between this edition and that of Hacon & Ricketts in 1900, including the “same alternating black and red Ricketts initials and text, the same red rules as the two-page openings of the book following the half-titles, and the same red Roman numerals of each stanza,” although Mosher here opts for smaller type, a larger page, and different dingbats, with his printer's device prominently displayed on the title-leaf verso.
Of the ten copies printed on pure Roman vellum, this offering is number two and signed by Mosher.
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Provenance: From the collection of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).
Hatch, Mosher, 184; Bishop, Mosher, 47. Vellum-cased boards with green silk accents, spine modestly lettered in gilt; very lightly dust-soiled and spotted, outer green silk uniformly faded, ties appearing to have been trimmed off at edges. Interior creamy and clean. A textually interesting work and a spectacular example of an unusual printing method from an American press. (37302)
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