ARDIZZONE, Edward (illustrator). James REEVES (author). Arcadian Ballads.

Manor Farm, Andoversford, Gloucestershire: The Whittington Press, 1977.


Tall 4to.; sometime finely and handsomely bound in half dark red morocco over red cloth boards, spine with 5 raised bands, lettered direct in gilt with gilt centres, gilt rules, and beaded bands, top edges gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers, for Asprey & Co.; pp. [vii], ix, [x-xii] + 48 + [ii]; with illustrations printed in purple throughout, after engravings, including full-page plates; a striking copy, in immaculate condition.

First edition de luxe, printed on handmade paper: one of only 200 numbered copies signed by both Edward Ardizzone and James Reeves. The verse stories here, freely adapted from Ovid's Metamorphoses, include the myths of Pyramus and Thisbe; Echo and Narcissus, and Callisto.