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Charles Ricketts, proofs, 1899, 1903, undated

 File — Box: 3, Folder: 1

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The materials are comprised of correspondence from Dr. Woodring to other Ricketts and Shannon scholars, booksellers, museums and libraries. There is also correspondence from Ricketts and Shannon as well as those in their circle such as Laurence Binyon, Gordon Bottomley and Thomas Sturge Moore.

Biographical material such as theses, articles, essays and exhibition catalogs are included as well as photocopies of artwork by Ricketts and Shannon. Included are proofs such as "The Sleeping Methymnaeans," signed by Shannon, from Daphnis and Chloe. Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon both worked on the designs and the cutting of the wood-blocks for this Vale Press publication. Of special note are works of art by Ricketts and Shannon, including oil paintings, drawings and a large collection of Shannon’s lithographs.

Vale Press ephemera, such as notices, prospectuses, and invitations are included. A collection of Vale Press titles, including The Vale Shakespeare (1900-1904), as well as an extensive book collection on Ricketts and Shannon, are among the holdings.


  • Creation: 1846-2001


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.


From the Collection: 7 Linear Feet (11 boxes + oversized materials)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

General note

Copeland & Day, proof of bookplate. Line block in black on thin Japanese paper, undated

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De Cupidinis et Psyches Amoribus, India paper, proof 1, signed in pencil, Vale, 1901

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The Parables from the Gospels (The Lost Piece of Silver), India paper, proof 5, signed in pencil, Vale, 1903

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A Defense of the Revival of Printing, p. 3-6 on vellum, border and design by Ricketts, Vale, 1899

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Une Messe Macabre, India paper, engraved by Ricketts after Legros, signed A. Legros, undated

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Young Girl and Death, India paper, engraved by Ricketts after Legros, signed A. Legros, undated

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Oscar Wilde, Poems, proof of endpapers, 1892

Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA