Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth B. Browning,1900
#10 of 60 copies on Japan Vellum
#97 of 485 copies on Holland paper (with dust jacket)
#290 of 485 copies on Holland paper (hand illumined)
Johnson #2, Ransom #1.
This is the first book bearing the imprint of the Elston Press and is probably the most famous book of the Press. H. M. (Helen Marguerite) O'Kane was only twenty-one when this book was published. As you can see, this copy (#290) was hand illumined at some point. Click on the picture above to see the same page without illumination (from the prospectus for the book).
This copy (#97) retains its original dust jacket.
The title page from one of the plain paper copies.
Limitation statement from a Japan Vellum copy.
Another of the 4 different borders used in the book.
The same page from a Japan Vellum copy. Notice the larger margins.
Another of the 4 borders.
The last of the four borders used in the book.
There is a note laid into the book informing purchasers that due to the difficulty in finding qualified pressmen the book was not printed on hand presses as stated in the prospectus.