The Rime of the Ancient Mariner



London: Douglas Cleverdon, 1929.

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Number 390 of 400 (470) copies set and printed under the supervision of Stanley Morison at the Fanfare Press, London. Set in Arrighi type designed in 1925 by Frederick Warde and modeled on the cusive hand of the great Italian Renaissance scribe, Ludovico degli Aririghi. Marginal glosses set in Norstedt’s original 18th century founts. 12.25 x 10 ins. viii, 37 pp. + Colophon. Full bound in green Chieftain morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with large gilt device by David Jones of albatross feeding young on upper cover. Gilt spine titling. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Head-piece, tail-piece and 8 full page engravings on copper by David Jones printed in London by Walter L. Colls in blue grey, David Cleverdon commented, “For David, the voyage of the ancient mariner paralleled the argosy or voyage of the redeemer; and his long-considered interpretation, with its profound insight and wide-ranging sensibility, is the worthy tribute of one great poet to another”. Indeed, Jones was working on “In Parenthesis” at the same time as “The Ancient Mariner” for which he made 150-200 preparatory drawings. His finished engravings, with their jostling angles and giddy perspectives, achieve a real sense of torment and psychological disturbance. An exceptionally fine copy of one of the most important books published between-the-wars.

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