London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1898. Crane, Walter. Octavo, original pictorial green cloth gilt, depicting scenes of pastoral life on both boards, top edge stained green, original pictorial endpapers. Lightest bumping to cloth, clean split to endpaper at front hinge. Item #100148
Lovely illustrated edition of Edmund Spenser's 1579 Shepheard's Calender, a series of twelve eclogues devoted to the twelve months, filled with keen natural and human observation: "I was wont to seek the honey bee, / Working her formal rooms in waxen frame." This edition features woodcut borders and twelve full-page plates by Walter Crane, who had produced designs for William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, and had recently completed his own illustrated edition of The Faerie Queene, a fine press landmark. The influence of those projects is apparent in this smaller volume, a classic example of Arts and Crafts book design.