This is 232/525 of the limited edition produced and signed by Willi Pogany. It is generally accepted as the acme of that very prolific illustrator and artist’s work and, together with illustrated versions of Tanhauser, Parsifal and Lohengrin is spoken of as Pogany’s “quartet of masterpieces”. It was “ designed completely by Pogany, from the covers and endpapers to the text written in pen and ink, pencil, wash, color and tipped-on plates”. The Ancient Mariner, a large book 9.5" by 11.75". is recognized as his masterpiece. Each page has at least two colors, sometimes with gilt plate accompanied by intricate borders The initials are elaborate, starting each page and with ornate capitals at the beginning of every line. The illuminated title page, 18 color plates, the second color through black-and-white plates, the flowing calligraphic text, and the pen-and-ink drawings throughout the pages make this a stand out among Pogany's works.” ( Quotations from Wikipedia).
Harrap hardback. Illustration and letterpress by Vincent Brookes Day and 4 colour plates by Bemrose Dalziel No DJ and no slip case. Calfskin binding with embossed gilt lettering and illustration of a ship in sail on the front with gilt lettering and design to the spine.. There is moderate edge and corner wear to the boards with some areas of superficial loss on the rear upper border and an ill defined stain. Binding good. Owner’s name on reverse of front cover and a further name, dated 1956 on the end page. Stamp opposite the title page signed by Pogany and the enumeration 232 entered by hand. Silk place holder. Upper margin of the text block gilt: the remaining two borders are rough trimmed. Ornate capitals, intricate border decorations, numerous vignettes and some full page illustrations and pale decorative designs behind the calligraphy of the verse. One or two of the tipped in plates are somewhat ill defined but it is difficult to know whether this is age or the intention of the artist.
A very fine example of an important book.