[VALE PRESS] THORNLEY, George (author). Charles RICKETTS and Charles SHANNON (illustrators). Daphnis and Chloe, a most sweet and pleasant pastoral romance for young ladies, done into English by George Thornley, Gent. The Vale, sold by Elkin Mathews and John Lane At the Sign of the Bodley Head in Vigo Street nigh the Albany. 1893.
4to. Publisher's sage green cloth lettered gilt to spine, top edges rough, others untrimmed; pp. [ii], -105 + [ii], printed on fine hand-made paper; a very good clean copy with mild rubbing to joints, a single wrinkle to spine cloth, and small turning to forecorners, internally clean and crisp with some offset-toning from text to text and one or two fox-spots to the extreme fore-edge margin, slight internal cracking, but nothing significant, with a previous owner's neat, and small, calligraphed name to front free endpaper and the early, and neatly fashioned, ownership stamp of J. Visser, Rotterdam, to final leaf; rare in commerce, by virtue of tiny limitation alone.
First edition of the first book issued at the Vale before the numbered series began; limited to only 210 copies of which only 200 were for sale. Although not strictly a Vale Press edition, 'The Vale' is blocked at the foot of the spine; the first true Vale Press publication was Milton's Early Poems issued 3 years later, in 1896.
This copy complete with the rarely found publisher's bifoliate prospectus for the book, printed again on handmade paper, with two additional original woodcuts designed and exectuted on the wood by Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon, one of which is not included in the published book and the second of which appears in a reversed and revised form; this prospectus with, again, the neat red ink ownership stamp of J. Visser, Rotterdam. Unsurprisingly no copies located on the commercial market at the time of cataloguing.