Spenser's Faerie Queene, A Poem In Six Books With The Fragment Mutabilite. Edited By Thomas J. Wise. Pictured By Walter Crane.
Price: 2,100.00 USD
London: George Allen, 1895 -1897. 4to's, 6 volumes bound from parts. 1546 pp. Illustrated by Walter Crane. Engraved head and tail pieces. Elaborately designed title pages. 85 full page black and white plates with elaborate borders. Printed on handmade paper by Charles Whittingham of the Chiswick Press watermarked UNBLEACHED ARNOLD. Superbly illustrated by Walter Crane, a work more appreciated at the time on the Continent than in England. Konody suggests that it is his best work in black and white. This was Walter Crane's most elaborate and extensive commission as a book illustrator. After 3 years of work Walter Crane wrote a poem to celebrate the finished work " Great Spenser's noble rhyme have I essayed / to picture striving still, as faithful squyre / Each faerie knight to serve, in armes arrayde / 'Gainst savage force, and deathful dragons dire / Be Bolde. I read and did this emprise dare, / And now the door is oped, so let the masque forth fare". 1 of 1000 copies.