Oriental Eclogues. Decorations by Paul Forster. William Collins.

Oriental Eclogues. Decorations by Paul Forster

San Francisco: The Windsor Press, 1932. Hardcover. 36 + [2]p., illustrated with five vignettes (tiny shepherds in tiny landscapes) with blue and gilt presswork; the sewn signatures are hardbound, 10.5x7 inch cloth boards & gilt-titled red morocco backstrip, no.86 of 150cc. Not well-preserved; the leather is chewed and chipped, the covers yawn and show handling soil. The textblock is sound and clean, the figures have survived nicely, but the casing's ugly condition is off-putting. The printers, Cecil and James Johnson, appended a two-page appreciation of Collins, his eclogia and false "orientalism," an appreciation we do not share, Collins having fallen with a thump between Augustan and romantic ages. He was writing in the decades of Thomas Gray (Elegy in a Country Churchyard), who stayed closer to home.

Cat.No: 231612

Price: $20.00