London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1947.
A poetic romance by John Keats with wood engravings by John Buckland Wright. Number 166 of 500 copies (1-100 specially bound). Set in Caslon Old Face type and printed on Arnold’s hand-made paper with Golden Cockerel watermark. Small folio. 12 X 7.5 ins. 152 pp. Quarter bound in white vellum with brown buckram covered boards. Title, cockerel and moon and star in gilt on spine. Large gilt artist’s device depicting Cynthia, Goddess of the Moon, on upper cover. T.E.G., others uncut. 56 wood engravings, including 11 full page, by John Buckland Wright. “…the most important Cockerel of its time and Buckland Wright’s greatest book. The artist, who personally supervised production at the Chiswick Press, commented, “Really this printer is SUPERB – all my favourite blocks came out like gems.””Endymion” was produced in the old way, through long and painstaking cooperation between a perfectionist artist and a highly skilled pressman of the old school – and a publisher who would pick up the bills to allow them to do so”. (“A History of the Golden Cockerel Press 1920-1960”) A fine copy of this handsome book. Indeed the finest copy I have seen in 30 years with but two small areas of browning, on pages 92 and 96, neither of which effects a wood engraving.