Medea by Alfred Bate Richards

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Richards, Alfred Bate, MEDEA: A POEM; ... WITH A PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE PAINTING OF "MEDEA," BY FREDERICK SANDYS (London: Chapman & Hall, 1869).  First edition, 24 x 18.5cm (4to), in publisher's ivory rib-grain cloth w/gilt decorations & title (designed by Sandys) to fr. cover, bevelled edges, a.e. red, pale blue ep.s, [i-v] vi-x, [1] 2-67 [68] pp., + tissue-guard facing half-title, & sepia albumin print of Medea by Sandys pasted to frontis.  Printed by Joseph Causton & Sons, London.  With bookseller's ticket of H. Cleaver, Bath to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (cloth moderately soiled, & extremities sl. bumped); contents Very Good (remnants of tape repair to gutter between half-title & frontis, & lt. foxing to 1st & final few leaves).  See Betty Elzea, Frederick Sandys (Woodbridge UK: ACC Ltd., 2001), pp.185-86, 335 (binding repr.).  (Inv. #828)  C$800

    One of the rarest of all Pre-Raphaelite publications; only eight other copies are known.  "Shortly after the appearance of Medea at the Royal Academy in 1869, a slim volume was published, elegantly printed & bound, containing Medea: a Poem by Alfred Bate Richards, w/a photograph of Sandys's picture as frontispiece.  The gilt-stamped binding was clearly a Sandys design also" (Elzea [ibid] p.185).




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