London: Essex House, 1899. Full morocco, 9 inches tall. The poems of William Shakespeare according to the text of the earliest editions. Arranged, and collated with the originals by F.S. Ellis, and printed at the Essex House Press, under the care of C.R. Ashbee. Superbly printed in black with red headings on handmade paper. The Flat back spine and boards have superb gilt tooling in the finest 'arts and crafts' manner. Gilt dentelles and all edges. There are two ink inscription on the first blank. Elaborate initials throughout and one fine full page illustration of Venus and Adonis. Number 258 of 450 copies. Within a year of William Morris's death the Kelmscott Press closed and several of the key designers under Ashbee moved to create the Essex House Press and retained much of the former's style of printing and binding.