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The Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Selected, edited, and introduced by Stephen Spender Illustrated with wood engravings by Richard Shirley Smith. Cambridge: Limited Editions Club, 1971., 1971

 Item — Volume: Moss no. 91
Call Number: MSS 17 , Series II

Scope and Contents

Designed by John Dreyfus and printed at the University Printing House in Cambridge by Brooke Crutchley, Printer to the University. Forty-six engravings [Bain nos. 165-210]. Edition of 1500 copies signed and numbered by Shirley Smith of which this is copy no. 793. Quarter bound in leather with orange book cloth boards impressed with oval relief (60 mm) portrait of Shelley. Slip case. A copy of The Monthly Letter of the Limited Editions Club (December, 1971, no. 450) laid in.

The Shelley project––commissioned by the Limited Editions Club in the United States in 1969 at the suggestion of John Dreyfus-- was printed in 1971 and reprinted by the Heritage Press in 1974. This was Shirley Smith's largest book project in terms of the number of commissioned wood engravings. He would later write, 'I think the word "masterpiece" originally referred to the piece of work, that divides the apprentice from the professional; in which case this was my "masterpiece" as regards engraving.' The Paintings & Collages, p. 10.

A record for this item is also available in the Yale University Library Catalog.


  • 1971


Physical Description

Pp. [i-iv] v-xxvii [xxviii] [1-2] 3-312 [313-316] ; 280 x 178 mm

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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