[Vale Press] The Sonnets of Sir Philip Sidney
Sidney, Sir Philip (1554 – 1586); Prepared from the Earliest Editions by John Grey
Published by Vale & Ballantyne Press For Hacon and Ricketts, London, 1898

Sold by Hacon & Ricketts. Limited to 210 copies [8 on Vellum]. Printed with the Vale Type in Red and Black. Designed and cut on wood by Charles Ricketts (1866-1931) Laurel leaf border and two initials, border destroyed after print run. Handmade paper with VP watermark. Half grey paper to paper with pinecone and leaf design in buff and green, printed label on the spine, (4) blank, 67, monogram, colophon, (7) blank. Woodcut border with one initial. The bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear with lightly rubbed corners a darkened spine and advanced rubbing of the boards on the half paper. Free endpages darkened as usual. Tiny bookplate of British Art Historian Campbell Dodgson. 8vo; 9.25 inches tall. Sir Philip Sidney (1554 – 1586) was an English poet, courtier, scholar and soldier who is remembered as one of the most prominent figures of the Elizabethan age. Ref; Watley, B15; L’Art Ancient, 35, Ricketts, xxiii; Capelleveen. Seller Inventory # 014379