Isabella or the Pot of Basil

Isabella or the Pot of Basil. John Keats, W. B. Macdougall.
Isabella or the Pot of Basil
A fine press edition of Keats' Isabella with lovely illustrations by W.B. Macdougall
Isabella or the Pot of Basil

London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co. Ltd., 1898. First edition thus. Beautifully bound in full dark blue calf with gilt designs on the front cover, the spine and turn-ins. Signed by the bindery "W. P. E." in a small circle on the rear end paper. Binding strong with spine gently faded and with a few scuffs along the spine and board edges. Inner contents are clean and bright with a gilt top-edge and other edges uncut. Pages with black & white art nouveau border, large decorated initials and seven full-page illustrations by W. B. Macdougall, in a style influenced by William Morris of the Kelmscott Press and Aubrey Beadsley. A lovely example of Keats' famous adaptation of an episode from Boccaccio's Decameron, where a forbidden love is discovered and terminated in typical medieval fashion. (Item #1007)

Price: $1,000