THE ROMANCE OF THE ECHOING WOOD ... With Introduction by Arthur Machen. Epilogue by William Henry Davies. Decorations by E. F. Powell. [Newport, Monmouthshire: R. H. Johns Limited, Printers, Binders, and Publishers The "Directory" Press, 1937.]. Large octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-6 [7-8] 9-43 [44: colophon] [45-46: blank], woodcut engravings, borders and vignettes by E. Fred Powell, original linen-backed boards, top edge stained blue-gray, other edges deckled. First edition. 220 copies printed of which this is one of 170 copies signed by Collins bound in boards with linen shelf back. A romantic tale of Ceinwen, the gentle maid who finally shows forth the warrior woman within, set in long-ago Wales. William John Townsend Collins (1868-1952) is best known for his TALES FROM THE NEW MABINOGION (1923). He was a friend of Arthur Machen (who supplies the book's introduction) to whose influence he shows an indebtedness in all his published work, no more so than here. Forty-five of Machen's letters to Collins written between 1922 and 1946 are held by the Beinecke Library, Yale University. Upper portion of boards just a bit faded, a very good copy with fine interior. A beautifully designed and printed book, William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement are evident here. (#167500).
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