“Heirefter followis the Quair Maid be King James of Scotland the First callit the Kingis Quair and Maid Quhen his Majestie wes in Ingland” (1903)

The King’s Quair

Published: Vale Press.

Date: 1903

1st ed. Sold by Hacon and Ricketts, London and by John Lane, New York. Printed in black and red in the 'King's Fount', designed by Charles Rickett (1863 – 1931), book designer and typographer from 1896 to 1904 with the Vale Press. The King’s Quair is a 15th century semi-autobiographical poem attributed to James I of Scotland, describing how he was captured and imprisoned in 1406 by Henry IV of England and how his imprisonment continued during the reigns of Henry V and Henry VI. A handwritten note is pasted onto the front endpaper, together with a typed strip, stating the publisher to be Vale Press, 1903. A previous owner has also pasted newspaper and catalogue information connected with this book. Grey boards, linen spine. Paper title label in black on white on the upper board. Rare volume, one of only 260 of this title printed.

Note
The text is printed in black and red in the King's Fount, designed by Charles Rickett. Rickett (1863 – 1931), was a book designer and typographer from 1896 to 1904 with the Vale Press. The Vale Press was dedicated to publishing books of exceptional intrinsic quality and artistic taste.

Condition
Slight fraying and darkening to the linen spine. Pages foxed, but in the main, good condition.

Binding
Hard cover

£120

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