Boxwood Books Private Press & Illustrated Books

Boxwood Books specialise in rare private press and illustrated books which feature the art of wood engraving. Our focus is on the 20s and 30s of the last century when British wood engraving enjoyed a “golden age”. The wood engravers and private presses of this period are well represented: Eric Gill, Robert Gibbings, John and Paul Nash, Gertrude Hermes, Golden Cockerel, Gregynog and Cressett Presses amongst them. As wood engraving continues to enhance the books of fine contemporary private presses, such as Whittington, Fleece, Gwasg Gregynog, you will find many entries for them as well.

Additionally, there is a selection of titles on Bibliography, Typography and the art of wood engraving.

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ALDIN, CECIL Sleeping Partners: A Series of Episodes. London Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1930. Conceived and Illustrated by Cecil Aldin. First hardback edition of this deservedly famous book. 12 X 9.5 ins. 42 pp. Blue cloth covered boards with title in blue on upper cover. A series of 20 illustrations on recto pages showing the humorous sharing of a rather small sofa in Aldin's studio by his English bull terrier, Cracker, and his Irish wolfhound, Mickey. Each uncomfortable position taken up by the dogs is given a telling title. Previous owner's name on front free endpaper. A near fine copy in near fine, unclipped dust-jacket which is illustrated with the two dogs finally settled somewhat comfortably together.
ALDIN, CECIL DOGS OF CHARACTER with an original signed drawing. London & New York: Eyre & Spottiswoode & Charles Scribner, 1927. Written and illustrated by Cecil Aldin with a signed drawing of Cracker, the artist's favourite bull terrier on the Colophon. Number 159 of 250 deluxe copies. 10.5 X 7.5 ins. vii, 118 pp. Quarter white vellum with gilt rule and cream paper covered boards. Title in gilt on spine and in outline lettering on upper cover. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. 77 illustrations by Aldin, 7 full page. Telling tips for youngsters on how to choose train and care for a dog with amusing anecdotes by the author about raising his own dogs, of which he had quite a few. An especially fine, crisp copy of this Aldin classic.
ALPHABET An Advertiser's Alphabet. Quenington, Glos.: the Reading Room Press, 2015. By A.S.J. Tessimond with illustrations in colour by Ceri Richards. Preface by Mel Gooding. Number 117 of 150 copies set in Lutetia and Romulus Open types and printed in red and black on BFK Rives paper. Hand-printed on an Albion press by Miles Wigfield at his Reading Room Press. 10 X 6.5 ins. 61 pp. Bound by Chris Hicks in quarter scarlet cloth with black cloth covered boards. Decorative labels front and back. Gilt spine titling. The cover designs are presumed to be by Ceri Richards who also provided the 25 delightful vignette illustrations in colour, printed rectos only at the Senecio Press. "A", the 26th letter, is accompanied by text only. Resurrected from a stapled booklet found amongst Tessimond's papers - signed by Tessimond and Richards and dated 1930. Tessimond was a published poet who made his living as an advertising copywriter. As new.
ALPHABET Every Girl's Alphabet. London: Artist's Choice Editions, 2010. By Kate Bingham with paintings by Like Martineau. Number 47 of 240 (296) copies signed by author and artist and accompanied by a black and white linocut (8 X 6.5 ins.) signed by the artist and held in a separate folder. Set in Bodoni Old Face type and printed on Mohawk paper by Northend Creative Print Solutions. Quarter red leather with illustrated paper covered boards after paintings by the artist. Gilt spine titling. The artist notes that the illustrations were based on painting studies of his own children: "It started as a series of alphabetical paintings inspired by the woodcuts of William Nicholson. In the pictures I want to explore and celebrate enduring aspects of childhood". As new in paper covered slipcase.
AMERICAN PRINTED BOOKS The Printed Book in America. London: Scolar Press in association with Dartmouth College Library, 1977. By Joseph Blumenthal. First English edition. 10.75 X 7.25 ins. 250 pp. Brown cloth with spine titling. An excellent survey of American printing history from 1640 to the present time. Special emphasis on the development of American typography and the private press movement. 70 full page illustrations exhibiting the outstanding work of D.B. Updike, Will Bradley, Brice Rogers, Frederick W. Gouidy, Dard Hunter, John Henry Nash, Rudolph Ruzicka and W. A. Dwiggins to name but a few. A fine copy in protected dust-jacket.
ANNESLEY, MABEL Artist and Aristocrat. Belfast: Ulster Historical Association, 2010. By Diane Allwood Egerton. First edition. 10.5 X 8 ins. 132 pp. Paper covered boards with title blind embossed on upper cover. The interesting story of Lady Mabel M. Annesley, daughter of the fifth earl of Annesley of Castlewellan, County Down. Lady Mabel was a well known artist and wood engraver who was a member of the Society of wood engravers. A friend of Gibbings and Gill her work is held in the V & A, and the British Museum as well as in the Ulster Museum. Illustrated throughout with wood engravings and photographs of the artist. As new in pictorial dust-jacket.
ANNESLEY, MABEL County Down Songs. London: Duckworth & Co., 1924. Poems by Richard Rowley with Woodcuts by Lady Mabel Annesley. First edition. 8.25 X 6.25 ins. 36 pp. Blue cloth with titles in black on spine and upoper cover. Frontispiece and 19 woodcuts throughout. A very good copy of this scarce title with slight foxing.
ANNESLEY, MABEL M. Apollo In Mourne. Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1978. Poems, Plays and Stories by Richard Rowley pseudonym of Richard Valentine Williams). Edited by Victor Price. Softcover with wood engravings by Mabel Annesley. 8.5 X 5.75 ins. 138 pp. Half-tone of Richard Rowley and 3 wood engravings by Mabel Annesley. Delightful dialect poems, plays and stories. A fine copy.
ARDIZZONE, EDWARD Wine List Decorations 1961-1963. Bristol: John Harvey & Sons, 1963. Designed and produced by John Lewis and printed on pink, cream and suede papers at the Millbrook Press. First edition. 9.5 X 6.5 ins. 100 pp. Full bound in orange buckram with spine title and artist's device on upper cover in gilt. 30 pen and ink drawings by Edward Ardizzone, 23 wood engravings by David Gentleman, 19 decorations by Asgeir Scott and 7 full page maps of French wine districts by Sheila Waters. Compiled from Harverys Wine Lists of the period. One suspects the Ardizzone drawing on page 58, "A spledid nose", is an Ardizzone self-portrait. Previous owner's bookplate on front paste-down. An especially fine copy of this charming book in its original, rarely seen, dust-jacket which has a small closed tear.
ARDIZZONE, EDWARD Sketches For Friends. Boston: David R. Godine, 2002. Chosen and Introduced by Judy Taylor. First American edition. 6 X 8.5 ins. 127 pp. + Colophon. Pictorial boards with title on spine and upper cover. Ardizzone could never resist the temptation of filling his letters to family and friends with charming vignettes and sketches. Here, a selection of these letters, envelopes and their illustrations are drawn together by Judy Taylor, longtime children's book editor at the Bodley Head and one of Ardizzone's closest friends and correspondents. Illustrations throughout in colour and black and white. As new.
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