First edition. One of 10 "special" or deluxe copies bound by David Esslemont in full white alum-tawed goatskin, stencil decorated using black, pink, yellow and red acrylic ink, subtly embellished in gilt. Housed in the original felt lined folding box with a false bottom containing five signed prints, a set of stamps and two Penguin Books printed cover designs by David Gentleman. Also included is an autograph letter discussing the book and binding, a handmade Christmas card and a hand printed verse of William Wordsworth, produced by David Esslemont as a keepsake for the January 2002 Wordsworth Trust book weekend. This beautifully produced book, printed in Monotype Baskerville on Zerkall mould-made paper is illustrated with over 300 wood engravings by David Gentleman, most of which are printed from the original blocks. A fine copy.
Hand numbered II of only 10 copies, individually bound and with the extra suite of plates. Signed by David Esslemont and David Gentleman to the limitation page at the rear. There was also a regular edition of which 350 copies were printed.
Stock code: 16016