Morris, William and Bax, E. Belfort. The Manifesto of the Socialist League. ill. Crane, Walter. London: Socialist League Office, 1885. Second Edition. 12mo. Paper Covers. Pamphlet. Good. 16pp, original* printed wrappers.
Covers slightly browned to edges, minor chip to foot of upper cover, title and final page browned, otherwise clean and unopened. With Walter Crane designed head piece to upper wrapper and title (with small variations).
*This is a copy with the spurious wrappers added by Buxton Forman, described by him as “generally circulated without a wrapper, there are copies – but these are rare – in a Turner-grey wrapper on which the title is repeated with an additional line below the design ‘Written by William Morris’, and the words ‘price one penny’ omitted” (Buxton Forman, page 115).
Barker and Collins in ‘A Sequel to An Inquiry into the Nature of Certain XIXth Century Pamphlets’ call it a “chimaera with a false wrapper, probably printed by Billing at the same time as ‘Books of William Morris'” (Barker and Collins, page 207).
LeMire A-29.03 and E-7, with LeMire noting that this wrapper has not been found on “any copies other than the one included in the Quaritch catalogue” [Catalogue 926, item 83, 1973, priced at £85] (LeMire page 361), which was Buxton Forman’s own copy. John Collins’ article in ‘The Book Collector’ of Winter 1972 points out the small differences between Crane’s original block on the title and the photographically copied block to the spurious wrapper, whilst Barker notes that the types used for the forgery “are exactly the same as the types used in the description of the pamphlet in Forman’s book” (Barker in Myers and Harris, ‘Fakes and Frauds’, page 125). cf. Stammhammer II:224.6 and Stammhammer II.204.
Scarce thus, seemingly only the third known copy, after Buxton Forman’s copy in Quaritch catalogue 926 and the one in my Catalogue XIII