CRANE, Walter (author and illustrator). Renascence, A Book of Verse.
CRANE, Walter (author and illustrator). Renascence, A Book of Verse.
CRANE, Walter (author and illustrator). Renascence, A Book of Verse.

CRANE, Walter (author and illustrator). Renascence, A Book of Verse.

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LORD BATTERSEA'S COPY

CRANE, Walter (author and illustrator). Renascence, A Book of Verse. London: Elkin Mathews At The Sign Of The Bodley Head. 1891.

8vo.; strikingly bound in contemporary half dark blue polished morocco over marbled boards, sides ruled in gilt, flat spine delicately and finely stamped, along its entire length, with a sinuous interwined leaf design, and lettered gilt, all edges gilt, gilded marbled endpapers, by Zaehnsdorf; pp. [ii], iii-xiii + [i], [1]-162 + [i], with tipped in errata to p. 32, printed on fine handmade paper; illustrated with 36 engravings including pictorial headpieces, tailpieces, and vignettes, all by Crane; a very handsome, clean copy, with some rubbing to joints with upper joint just starting at top edge, internally very fresh and crisp throughout with only the occasional fox spot.
First edition de luxe; one of a limited edition of only 350 copies for the English market. 150 additional copies were printed for the U.S. market. Printed on hand-made paper at The Chiswick Press. The copy of Lord Battersea, with his impressive engraved armorial bookplate to front pastedown endpaper (this browned and mottled).
Cyril Flower, 1st Baron Battersea, (1843-1907) was a British Liberal politician and patron of the arts. He was born into a family of successful merchants, his father Philip having established himself in Australia in the decade before Cyril's birth. On his return to England in 1842 his father acquired properties in Collier's Quay and other London wharves and developed properties in Westminster. Cyril later pursued a similar path and developed Battersea Park Town, London, with his brother. In 1880 Flower entered Parliament for Brecon and presided there until 1892, when he was elevated to the peerage as Baron Battersea of Battersea by Gladstone, who had become a friend.. He was widely known as "the most handsome man in the House of Commons". At the same time he was recognised as a great supporter of the arts, and a collector, mixing with the Pre-Raphaelite group while acting as patron to the artist James McNeill Whistler.

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