Shelley, Percy Bysshe (translator). The Banquet of Plato. Chicago: Way and Williams, 1895. Limited to 75 copies printed on French hand-made paper, of which this is #48. Printed in Old Style Antique type by R.R. Donnelley & Sons at the Lakeside Press. Title page, two initial letters and tailpiece by Bruce Rogers, all of which have been colored by hand. Bound in dark reddish brown buckram with gilt lettering to spine. Measures approx. 5" x 7.25". Some bumping to corners, light rubbing to edges, and some general wear to cloth. Bookplate to front pastedown. Some light soiling to edges of title page. Kraus 9. Warde 5.
"[Way & Williams'] most notable book of 1895 was an edition of Shelley's translation of Plato's Banquet designed by Bruce Rogers in an obvious imitation of the Kelmscott Press style. The intent of the firm to establish themselves as publishers of fine books in limited editions was clear" (Kraus). As a reflection of its scarcity, it is interesting to note Kraus did not handle a copy of this limited edition.