The Golden Cockerel Press limited edition of 1947


John Keats, with woodcuts by John Buckland-Wright


Golden Cockerel Press, London, 1947

Printing Details

Limited edition (no 201 of 500). Hardback, original quarter vellum with gilt titling to spine, boards in red cloth with gilt design to upper. Top edge gilt, fore-edge and bottom-edge untrimmed. Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. 31.5 × 20cm, 152pp.

John Keats' 1818 poem based the poem on the Greek myth of Endymion, the shepherd beloved of the moon goddess Selene. The poem elaborates on the original story and renames Selene "Cynthia". It begins with the line "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever". This edition is illustrated with 58 fine woodcuts by John Buckland-Wright, the New Zealand born British artist.

This copy was designed and produced by Christopher Sandford, begun in January 1943 and complete in November 1947. The text was based upon that of H Buxton Forman, composition and presswork supervised by F J Newbery at the Chiswick Press with A Douglas and A W Dick as compositors and J Bierman as pressman. Limited to 500 copies, printed in Caslon type on Arnold's hand-made paper with Golden Cockerel Press watermark.


This copy is in good plus condition. There is light wear and rubbing to the boards edges and slight abrasions to the boards. The vellum spine is in good order but with a few small age-related marks. The inner binding is secure. The pages are clean but with occasional and scattered foxing, though foxing is more noticeable to pages 13, 85/86 (margin), 92 (this is the heaviest), 131 and 142 (margin). The only issue the book has is that it was owned by a smoker and has a residual tobacco odour which should diminish in time. Overall, a very presentable copy of this rare title.


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