The lone and level sands stretch far away…
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Selected, edited, and introduced by Stephen Spender. Cambridge: Printed for Members of the Limited Editions Club by the University Printing House, 1971.
8vo., original morocco backed boards; medallion portrait on upper cover; ilustrated with wood engravings by Richard Shirely Smith; pp. xxvii, [i], 312, [iv]; small bookplate, otherwise a fine copy in original slipcase.
Limited edition of 1500 numbered copies signed by the illustrator. Containing Shelley's most popular poems, including Ozymandias and To a Skylark.
In 1961 Richard Shirely Smith began teaching himself how to engrave after studying at the Slade School of Fine Art in Rome. His influences included Italian architecture, theatre, classical ruins, surrealism and still-life, and his engravings have since been acquired by the British Museum and the V&A. He has also contributed his engravings to Oxford University Press, The Folio Society and Faber & Faber.