A House of Pomegranates. London: Osgood, 1891. First edition. Pp, 158. One of 1000 Copies. With four full-page inserted illustrations by C.H. Shannon, facing each of which is an inserted leaf having on the verso a small design by C. Ricketts. Front cover printed in light red and stamped with gilt designs of a peacock, a running fountain, and a basket of split pomegranates. Spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Decorative end-papers printed in olive green. All edges uncut. Wear to spine & scuffing to corners, age toning to boards, neat ownership name to title-page, contents in very good condition. Overall a very good copy of this delicate book. (Mason 347). 'The four plates were printed in Paris by some ‘improved’ process. After the book was finished and bound it was noticed that a dusty deposit had formed on each plate, probably owing to some chemical impurity either in the printer’s ink or in the chalky paper used. To take off this deposit each plate was rubbed with soft flannel, which removed the surface and left the reproductions faint and in some cases almost obliterated.' 'Oscar Wilde, in letter to The Speaker, December 5 1891 said, in defense & praise of this publication: ' Mr. Shannon is the drawer of dreams, and Mr. Ricketts is the subtle and fantastic decorator.' This is one of Ricketts & Shannon's early collaborations, before they went on to form the Vale Press in 1896.