Here’s a nice limited copy of “A Dream of John Ball” by William Morris, an original Roycroft/Roycrofters book from 1898. #75 of a limited edition of 100, this edition has hand-illumined leading initials (rather than the plainer usual edition of 650) and is printed on Whatman paper. The title page has the W W Denslow seahorse version of the Roycroft logo, and while he was working with the Roycrofters at this time, it’s not known if he also contributed to the design of this book. It is, however, one of the rarer Roycroft editions of this period: On A High Shelf author David Ogle says “The illumined copies are quite handsome and are much more difficult to locate than copies of the larger printing”. With gilt title lettering, 26 watercolored initials, two colored ornaments, and 147 pages total.
In very good condition, with light soiling to cover and age toning to spine. Inside, hinges are tight, light soiling to endpapers. Former owner’s inscription on one blank endpaper, pages overwise near fine. A lovely example of early Roycrofter bookmaking.