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Keats, John; Raleigh, Walter; Bell, Robert Anning [illustrator]
Poems by John Keats [Endymion Series]
Publisher: George Bell & Sons; London; New York;
Date of Publication: 1897
Stock Code: 12159
First edition thus. Octavo, pp. xxiii, [1], 337, [3]. Black and red illustrated title-page and individual title-pages for Odes, Sonnets etc. Heavily illustrated throughout with 22 beautiful full-page plates and over 50 head and tailpieces and illustrations within the text by Robert Anning Bell. Bound in the publisher’s beige cloth over boards, decorative grape vine design blocked to upper board and spine in burgundy and green, publisher’s device to lower board, gilt spine titles, top edge gilt, others uncut. With some leaves still unopened. Cloth is clean and very lightly worn to spine tips and corners, gilt is bright. Text-block lightly foxed, mainly to prelims and edges, and free from ownership marks, annotations or inscriptions.
Robert Anning Bell (1863 – 1933) was for a time the chief designer at the Glasgow School of Art and he went on to become Professor of Design of the Royal Academy of Art. As well as being a book illustrator Bell worked in stained glass and his fine pen and ink illustrations are influenced by his Arts and Crafts background and are very very reminiscent of both woodcuts and stained glass motifs. A beautiful example of Bell’s early illustrative work very much in the Art Nouveau style. The first book in the desirable Endymion series published by George Bell and Sons.
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