Portland, ME: Thomas B. Mosher, 1902, 1903.
Moshers Quarto Series no. 6 and 8. Limited to 450 copies on Van Gelder paper. Two volumes. [iv], lxxxi, 338p; [ii], xxxvii, 335p. Each volume with portrait frontispiece, Ballads with facsimile. Title-pages with Mosher anchor and dolphin device in red. Beautifully bound in 1961 by Spanish binder Emilio Brugalla (1901-1987) in quarter teal crushed morocco (with the entire outer edges rather than the corners) with marbled sides, t.e.g., the spines with gilt titles and series of black embossed rules. Some shelf rubbing to bottom edges, spines evenly and mildly toned, all else bright and fresh. Lovely copies. Item #19292
Fredeman 23.23. and 23.24; Colbeck II, p. 697; Bishop 294 and 16.
"For Mosher this work, together with the Quarto Series Poems, formed a complete set of Rossetti's poetical works. In his 1903 catalogue he states that 'from now on copies of the Poems can only be sold in connection with Ballads and Sonnets...'" (Bishop p. 92).
"In a letter to Mosher of August 24, 1902 (Houghton Library bMS Am 1096 ). literary critic and journalist G. F. R. Anderson, praises Mosher's edition for his service to Rossetti's text and to criticism at large, and comments him for being 'more than a publisher' and for being 'not only a sage editor, but a minister of Beauty, Truth, and Immortality.'" Colbeck calls this a 'de-luxe edition'". (Bishop p. 240).