London: Macmillan, 1893.
First edition thus. [iv], 63p. Illustrated by Laurence Housman with 12 full-page wood engravings and smaller cuts on nearly every page. Tall 12mo. Bound in green cloth, the spine divided into sections by triple gilt rules, covers with overall gilt diagonal foliate pattern with intertwining stems incorporating title in upper left corner, a.e.g. Very slight rubbing to spine ends, small wrinkle to rear cover cloth, foxing to preliminaries, all else fine. Quite a decent copy with remnants of rare dust jacket laid in. Increasingly rare. Item #17766
"This edition of Christina Rossetti's poem is a 'delight to behold'. Its 'highly ornamental binding', 'slim and elegant format' and its lavish illustrations by Laurence Housman combine to form 'a harmonious and original whole'." Ray. The Illustrator and the Book in England, 279.
"Housman's marvelous and disturbing images of the strange little furry goblin men who so tempted the two virginal young sisters are among the most interesting and unusual illustrations of the decade." Johnson. Fantastic Illustration, 117.
Turn of a Century 22; Taylor. Art Nouveau Book 104; Krisnamurti 763; Colbeck p. 690.