Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1895. Item #04116
"Quite The Most Charming Things Issued From My Press"
And With the Erratum Slip
[KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair. [Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1895].
One of 600 paper copies of an edition of 612. Two sixteenmo volumes (5 5/8 x 4 in; 143 x 111 mm). [6, blank]], , 256, ; [8, blank], , 239, [3, blank] pp.
Original holland-backed blue paper boards. Spine labels just a tiny bit of edge wear not affecting text, very light wear to corners, but still a far better copy of this charming little pair than is usually seen. With the erratum slip at the end of volume I "only inserted in some copies" (Peterson). With the decorative bookplate of Harry C. Goebel on each front paste-down.
"When you come to look at it, and see that you get a book like this…it would be impossible to refuse buying them. I love my books, and I love making them, and I think these little octavos [sic] quite the most charming things issued from my press" (Morris, Ideal Book, p. 113, as cited by Peterson).
Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair is a fantasy novel by William Morris, perhaps the first modern fantasy writer to unite an imaginary world with the element of the supernatural, and thus the precursor of much of present-day fantasy literature. It was first published in hardcover by Morris' Kelmscott Press in 1895. Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair, set in the forested land of Oakenrealm, was Morris' re-imagining and recasting of the medieval Lay of Havelock the Dane, with his displaced royal heirs Christopher and Goldilind standing in for the original story's Havelock and Goldborough.