The Romaunt of the Rose rendered out of the French into English by Geoffrey Chaucer. Illustrated by Keith Henderson and Norman Wilkinson.
London: Published for the Florence Press by Chatto and Windus, MCMVIII . 4to, viii, 103 pp. plus colophon. 20 colour plates each with captioned tissue guard. Crushed red morocco extra for Bumpus, unsigned but by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, lettered and panelled in gilt and blind, upper cover with four gilt-tooled rose corner-pieces each embellished with a real opal and green morocco onlay leaves; panelled backstrip, compartments richly tooled with rose designs, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, matching morocco-edged slipcase. Offsetting from plates onto tissue-guards, faint off-setting on title page, backstrip very lightly rubbed, boards with a few small, indistinct spots. Small bookplate of Lady Paget, 35, Belgrave Square. Number 7 of 500 copies on handmade Aldwych paper. An attractive printing of the French allegorical poem of courtly love believed to have been translated by Chaucer. Originally issued in boards, this copy has been splendidly rebound with a rose-themed design, perhaps for Lady Paget whose name and address is found on a small bookplate on the front free endpaper. Born Marie Fiske Stevens to American parents in New York, Lady Paget became a celebrated figure of London society. Every Womans Encyclopedia (c.1910-1912) described her at the height of her influence, not long after the publication of this book: Lady Arthur Paget has, since her marriage to General Sir Arthur Paget in 1878, been one of the shining lights of English society, and, before it, was one of the most successful and intellectual American women who have ever lived in London. She is the only daughter of the late Paran Stevens and Mrs. Marietta Stevens of New York, and has always been noted for her beauty. After her marriage she became famous as a hostess, entertaining many Royalties, and used to be in former years the mainspring of countless bazaars and other charitable enterprises. Her most noted triumph was the Masque of Peace and War, given in the early days of the Boer War at the Hay-market Theatre. Members of the peerage were on the stage, as well as in the stalls, and £7,000 was taken at this record entertainment. Her splendid exertions, too, on behalf of the hospital ship "Maine" caused her to receive the personal thanks of Queen Victoria. In appearance, Lady Paget is tall and slight, with dark hair and brunette colouring. She is the mother of three sons and one daughter, and lives at 35, Belgrave Square, which her husband has filled with big game trophies.
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