Valse des Fleurs.; A Day in St Petersburg and a Ball at the Winter Palace in 1868.
York: Fairfax Press [printed by Christopher Skelton at his Skelton’s Press], 1980. Bound in original quarter cream calf, with blue cloth covered boards, two vertical gilt rolls to the covers, spine titled in gilt, top-edge gilt, others uncut, and pictorial endpapers by Henry Moore; housed in publisher’s cloth slipcase with pictorial paper covering by Henry Moore; both, along with a laid in prospectus, are housed in a matching collector’s Solander box. [xii], 90, [viii] pp. Very mild transference of blue dye from the slipcase to the leather at the top of the covers, else a Fine copy. The text was printed in Monotype Bell on Zerkall mould-made paper. Contains two wood-engraved devices, one a title device and the other a floral device, by Reynolds Stone. One of 400 copies, of which this is number XVII of 60 copies signed by the author and Henry Moore on the colophon page. Copies I-XX were accompanied by a lithograph by Henry Moore, which the present volume lacks. Item #70
“And the intoxication of the waltz returns, manoeuvring for the climax. More pellucid and crystalline than ever in its orchestration; lovely in every little detail. It dances in itself, and shakes its lilies. The coda quickens even the dead wall into the waltz, turning, turning, in an ecstasy, a delirium.”.