Announcement for Poems Selected From the Heperides by Robert
Herrick, 1903 and The Cenci, A Drama by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Click on any of the images for larger versions.
Here is the text from the announcement:
CONCERNING THE ISSUES OF THE ELSTON PRESS
In answer to repeated inquires and to forestall such in the future, Mr. Conwell states the following facts, which apply invariably to all issues of the Elston Press: The books are limited as to the number of copies printed, the number in each case being stated in the announcement as well as in the colophon of the book. Every detail of the work of printing and binding is done by hand, the presswork being executed on hand-presses directly from special types, on hand made paper bearing the water-mark of the Press. The decorations and initial letters used throughout the books are printed from wood blocks cut from designs by H. M. O'Kane.
POEMS CHOSEN FROM HERRICK'S HESPERIDES
Owing to the fire at the Elston Press on May third, no announcement has hitherto been made of Herrick's Hesperides, the printing of which was finished May first, having been in progress since February. The task of presenting all that is best in worth and beauty in Hesperides, and of omitting such as is uninteresting or worse, is one not easy of fulfillment, and it is scarcely possible that it can ever be done to the entire satisfaction of every reader. Nevertheless, in the present edition, there have been o9mitted such pieces as seem to have no genuine claim to perpetuity. In making the selection, which is unusually liberal as compared to previous ones, the effort has been to include everything which could be sought for from its poetic quality, from the fact of its being well or generally known, or from its personal or historic bearing, especially the pieces relating to or touching upon the customs and manners of the period. Two hundred and sixty copies have been printed, in red and black, with numerous wood-cut initials and other decorations by H. M. O'Kane, one of which appears on the first page of the present announcement. The text and sequence followed are those of the edito princeps of 1648, the peculiarities of diction, spelling, and punctuation being preserved verbatim as in the original. In size the book is a small quarto, differing somewhat in shape from the previous issues of the Press. The price is seven dollars, carriage paid. The price in Great Britain will be thirty shillings, and all British subscriptions should be sent directly to Mr. David Nutt, 57 - 59 Long Acre, London, W. C., who has arranged for the exclusive handling of the Elston Press publications in Great Britain.
THE CENCI, A DRAMA: PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
Mr. Conwell desires to announce the completion, July third, of the edition of Shelley's "Cenci," printed at the Elston Press. One hundred and eighty copies have been printed, in red and black, octavo, with initial letters for each of the acts and scenes cut on wood from designs by H. M. O'Kane. The price is six dollars, carriage paid, and subscriptions should be sent at once, accompanied by cheque, as but very few copies remain. In Great Britain the price will be twenty-five shillings; and British subscriptions, inquiries, and requests for announcements must be sent to Mr. David Nutt, 57 - 59 Long Acre, London, W. C., who has arranged for the exclusive handling of the Elston Press publications in Great Britain.
LIST OF BOOKS ISSUED FROM THE ELSTON PRESS
1 SONNETS FROM THE PORTUGUESE BY ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING. Quarto 485 copies, $5; and 60 copies on Japanese paper, $15. OUT OF PRINT.
2 THE PHILOBIBLON OF RICHARD DE BURY. The Inglis translation of 1832. Octavo. 485 copies, at $5; and 70 copies on Japanese paper, at $15. OUT OF PRINT.
3 THE HOUSER OF LIFE BY DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI. Quarto 310 copies, at $10. OUT OF PRINT.
4 THE VISION OF PIERS PLOWMAN. Folio: double columns, black and red. 210 copies, $10. OUT OF PRINT.
5 THE TALE OF GAMELYN, (XIVth. Century). 16mo. 200 copies, in black and red, at $3. OUT OF PRINT.
6 THE SONNETS OF SHAKESPEARE (1609), in the original spelling. Octavo. 210 copies, $5. OUT OF PRINT.
7 THE ART AND CRAFT OF PRINTING BY WILLIAM MORRIS, with reproductions of the types used by him. Octavo. 210 copies, black and red, $5. OUT OF PRINT.
8 SOME NOTES ON EARLY WOOD-CUT BOOKS BY WILLIAM MORRIS. Octavo. With many pages of reproductions. 120 copies, black and red, at $5. OUT OF PRINT.
9 COMUS, A MASKE, BY JOHN MILTON (1637). Octavo. 160 copies, in black and red, at $5. OUT OF PRINT.
10 ENDYMION, A POETIC ROMANCE, BY JOHN KEATS, 8vo. 160 cps, black and red, at $5. OUT OF PRINT.
11 ROSALYNDE, OR EUPHUES GOLDEN LEGACIE, BY THOMAS LODGE. From the editions of 1592-98. Octavo. 160 copies, black and red, $7. OUT OF PRINT.
12 THE RAPE OF THE LOCK BY ALEXANDER POPE Octavo. 160 copies, black and red, $5. OUT OF PRINT.
13 FIVE ARTHURIAN POEMS BY WILLIAM MORRIS Octavo. 178 copies, black and red, at $5. OUT OF PRINT.
14 PANDOSTO, OR THE HISTORIE OF DORASTUS AND FAWNIA, BY ROBERT GREENE. 160 copies, in black and red, $5. The second volume of Shakespearean reprints; octavo, uniform with Rosalynde. OUT OF PRINT.
15 AUCASSIN AND NICOLETE. Translated by Andrew Lang. 16mo. 240 copies, black and red, $3. OUT OF PRINT.
16 SIR GALAHAD BY WILLIAM MORRIS. Large folio. 180 copies, in black and red, at $10 each. OUT OF PRINT.
17 THE PATTERNE OF PAINEFULL ADVENTURES BY LAURENCE TWINE. 170 copies, black and red, uniform with Rosalynde and Pandosto. $5. OUT OF PRINT.