Ye Ancient Mariner
Book, pictures and comments courtesy of Paul Jackson.
Ye Rime of Ye Ancient Mariner
by SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, 1899
This book measures 9" x 6" and has 101 pages. The book above is not listed in McKenna. It has no limitation statement and has 101 pages plus colophon vice the 140 pages noted. The text body is set in Caslon Old Style. The majority of these books were bound in decorated or blind stamped suede with 910 copies printed in three colors on handmade watermaked paper. The initials and woodcuts were designed by W. W. Denslow. Additionally, there were 400 copies that were specially illumined and forty copies printed on Japan Vellum and bound in either 3/4 or full Levant that were specially illumined. The suede bound edition had several cover variants. McKenna states that at least 2 copies were known to be bound in full Levant. I know there were more than that as I have three full Levant editions displayed on this site alone. One is from the edition of forty on Japan Vellum and two are the regular edition on handmade paper. This book is listed in the 1899 catalog and sold for $2.00
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