Written in 1590 to glorify the virgin and Protestant Queen, Elizabeth 1, Spensers allegorical blank verse poem links Tudor England with the mythical age of King Arthur in a romantic and chivalric epic. It covers every aspect of fantasy and morals, with vicious dragons and enchanters on one side, virtuous maidens and benevolent hermits on the other.It is also political and biographical, with Queen Elizabeth appearing in the story in many guises including a warrior maiden and a virtuous paragon. This facsimile is of the Arts and Crafts 1894-97 editions was illustrated by a colleague of William Morris, Walter Crane, who created 88 large and 135 smaller illustrations for the original six volume book. There is no introduction or commentary, just the facsimile. The gorgeous facsimiles are bound in 3 volumes : Books I & II 528 pages, books III & IV 516 pages, books V & VI 507 pages. It is printed on thick watermarked laid paper with gilt top page edges and white ribbon markers. Each volume is bound in stunning white Nigerian goat skin blocked with a gilt design on cover and spine that is seductively sensuous to the touch. The volumes are housed on a sliding tray in a maroon toile vendome silk covered wooden case 31.8x23.6x20.6cm. , that is lined with maroon cloth. All three volumes are identically bound and gilt embossed except for the book number on the spine. Fine wooden slipcase with sliding tray (for ease of use). Minor maroon rubbing due to occasional removal from and insertion into silk slipcase. Limited to 1000 numbered copies of which this is number 621. Forced sale due to significantly depleted income as a result of pandemic.
The item "Edmund Spensers Faerie Queene. Very rare limited edition" is in sale since Wednesday, November 18, 2020. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "postgraduatefund" and is located in Carlisle.
This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.