COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor; David JONES, Illus. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Bristol: Douglas Cleverdon, 1929.
Large 4to., original publisher's cream cloth-backed blue boards, lettered to spine; with ten copper engravings by David Jones; pp. [xi], 2-37, [i]; boards a little scratched and grubby along spine; endpapers lightly browned and offset; corners a touch bumped; with previous ownership inscription to the ffep; internally else clean, the text and illustrations unfoxed and without fault.
Limited edition, no. 119 of 400 copies. One of Jones' highlight titles and one of the most significant illustrated books to be published in the inter-war years. Many copies appear on the market broken up for plates, and this is now a very elusive title to be found complete, and with the engravings in such fresh condition.
Illustrations to Coleridge's most famous work usually contain notable elements of Christian symbolism – the priest with his censer, for example, in this illustration for the wedding scene – but a strong Celtic influence is also apparent in the beautiful, simple elegance of his figures. During the late 1920s, Jones stayed with the family of the artist Eric Gill and became engaged to one of his daughters. Her long neck and high forehead became standard features in his illustrations of women. The British Library.
The publisher Douglas Cleverdon later became famous as a pioneering radio producer, responsible, most notably, for the production of Dylan Thomas’s radio play Under Milk Wood.