Ye Rime of Ye Ancient Mariner

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Ye Rime of Ye Ancient Mariner

by SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, 1899

#529 of 910 I believe this to be an unsigned Lorenz Schwartz binding.

This book measures 9" x 5 3/4" and has 140 pages. 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 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. I'm not altogether certain that the slipcase which has the Roycroft symbol originally came with this particular book. The slip case is actually not tall enough for the book. The full Levant Ancient Mariner is listed in the 1900 catalog for $25.00

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