A SPLENDID LIMITED EDITION OF THE SONG OF SONGS, ILLUSTRATED BY W. RUSSELL FLINT
(FLINT, W. Russell). The Song of Songs which is Solomon’s. London: Philip Lee Warner, Publisher to the Medici Society, 1909. Slim quarto, original full vellum gilt, green silk ties, top edge gilt, uncut.
Limited first Flint edition of the song of Solomon, number 248 of 500 copies on hand-made Riccardi paper, set in Riccardi type and illustrated with ten striking color lithographs by W. Russell Flint. Elegantly bound by Henry Young & Sons of Liverpool.
The Song of Songs—also known as the Song of Solomon—is one of The Five Scrolls from the Old Testament and is composed of a cycle of poems concerning romantic love. This edition, illustrated by W. Russell Flint, uses the text of the King James Version. “Between about 1905 and 1924 Flint produced a whole series of brilliant luxury editions for the Riccardi Press of the Medici Society. His figures are finely modeled and contain elements of a Burne-Jones influence by way of Byam Shaw” (Houfe, 139). “Flint considered it his duty not only to master the technical problems of anatomy, drawing, composition, and color, but also to ensure the accuracy of all the details of clothing, jewelry, artifacts, architecture, furniture, and landscape in the scenes he illustrated. This authenticity adds a special value to his illustrations of literature of the past” (Hodnett, 228). Typeset in the famous Riccardi font (designed by Herbert P. Horne) and handsomely printed on handmade paper by Charles T. Jacobi. Ransom: Riccardi, First Series 1. Armorial bookplate of antiquarian Sir Francis Danson, founder of Liverpool’s leading firm of Average Adjusters and original member of the University Court and Council.
A fine copy, with only faint spots of foxing to endpapers.