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PIPER, JOHN On The Making Of Gardens. London; the Dropmore Press, 1949. BY Sir George Sitwell BT. Introduction by Sir Osbert Sitwell BT. Number 120 of 900 (1000) copies with 6 coloured lithograph plates by John Piper, 3 double page. Set in 14 pt. Bembo type and printed on hand-made paper. First edition. 9 X 5.75 ins. xvi, 113 pp. Full green buckram with garden device in gilt on upper cover and gilt Dropmore Press device on lower cover. Previous owner's bookplate, engraved by Reynolds Stone, on front paste-down. A fine copy in near fine dust-jacket.
ST. DOMINIC'S PRESS The Illustrators to the St. Dominic's Press. London;Wolseley Fine Arts, 1995. Catalogue of Private Press books & wood engravings by Eric Gill, David Jones, Desmond Chute, Philip Hagreen, etc. 500 copies. 9.5 X 7 ins. Stiff grey wraps with title in red on upper cover. 15 illustrations. As new.
LANDACRE, PAUL Paul Landacre: A Life and a Legacy. Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1983. By Anthony L. Lehman. First edition signed by author on Colophon. 9.5 X 6.25 ins. 198 pp. Backed in black cloth with paper covered boards with repeat pattern of Landacre wood engraving. Gilt title on spine. Photograph of Paul Landacre at his press signed by the photographer and illustrated with 23 wood engravings and drawings. A very useful overview of the artist and his work including the catalogue raisonne of his prints, bookplates, Christmas cards and illustrated books. As new.
MORRIS, WILLIAM (SYDNEY COCKERELL'S COPY) A Pre-Raphaelite Aeneid of Virgil. Los Angeles: Privately printed, 1934. By Anna Cox Brinton. Being an Essay in Honor of the William Morris Centenary 1934. Number 7 of 150 copies for private distribution only. Printed by Ward Ritchie for Estelle Doheny on Dard Hunter hand-made paper. Octavo. 8 X 5.75 ins. 40 pp. Parchment backed with ecru paper covered boards. Title in red on spine and upper cover. Fore- and bottom edges untrimmed. Woodcut title page border, two full page and one vignette facsimile illustration. Signed by Anna Cox Brinton, Ward Ritchie and Estelle Doheny on the Colophon. This is a presentation copy from Estelle Doheny to Sydney Cockerell inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Sir Sydney Cockerell, With my appreciation of your helpful advice in preparing this tribute to William Morris on his one hundredth anniversary, Estelle Doheny, March twenty first, Nineteen hundred thirty four". Included is a TLs from Estelle Doheny to Sydney Cockerell noting, "the removal of so great a treasure to America must, naturally, have been felt a good deal in England. But after all, California needs the cultural benefits of such a masterpiece more than England does. Morris's great manuscript on vellum, The Aeneid of Virgil", was sold from the Doheny Collection in 1989 for 1.3 million dollars. (Estelle's husband, Edward Laurence Doheny, a California oil tycoon, drilled the first successful oil well in the Los Angeles fields and followed this with the first successful strike in Mexico. The character. J. Arnold Ross, in the film "There Will Be Blood" is loosely based on Doheny) A fine copy in original slipcase. NOTES: "A Pre-Raphaelite Aeneid of Virgil" was published in conjunction with an Exhibition of Moriss's Kelmscott Press publications, including the Doheny copy of "The Aeneid of Virgil", at Mills College, Oakland, California. Anna Cox Brinton PH.D., was a classics scholar, author, teacher and leading figure in The Society of Friends. Sydney Carlyle Cockerell met William Morris in 1886 and became his librarian and private secretary in 1892. On Morris's death, in 1896, Cockerell became executor of the Kelmscott Press charged with completing all unfinished publications. He also acted as literary executor for Morris as well as for Thomas Hardy.
WHITTINGTON PRESS Four Wood Engravings for Virgil's Georgics engraved by Edward Craig (Carrick). Lower Marston Farm: the Whittington Press, 1994. Originally published in 1931 and reprinted here from the original wood blocks as a gift from The Whittington Press to the artist on his 90th birthday. One of 95 copies. 10.5 X 7.5 ins. 12 pp. + Colophon. Grey-blue paper with a gilt "V" embossed on upper cover. This separately bound book of wood engravings for Virgil's "Georgics" accompanied the specially bound copies of "Matrix 14". Fine copy.
ST. DOMINIC'S PRESS Saint Dominic's Press, A Bibliography 1916-1937. Lower Marston: Whittington Press, 1995. Compiled by Michael Taylor and Brocard Sewell and including a Memoir by Susan Falkner, an Introduction by Brocard Sewell, a Preface by Michael Taylor and an Appreciation by Adrian Cunningham. Number 54 of 300 copies set in Caslon types and printed on Zerkall Halbmatt and Ingres papers. 10.75 X 7.5 ins. 180 pp. Cloth backed with paper covered boards. Numerous illustrations and examples. A fine copy in slip case.
BUCKLAND WRIGHT, JOHN Open Letter to an Editor on Wood Engraving. Maasstricht: A.A.M. Stols, 1940. Less than 300 copies printed in red and black. 12.5 X 9.5 ins. 8 pp. + plate. Four page essay on wood engraving by John Buckland Wright which is accompanied by 6 progressive states of the same wood engraving reproduced half-tone on an inserted sheet followed by the finished wood engraving - "Denham Bridge I" - printed recto from the original block. This handsome piece formed part of Issue No. 1 of the quarterly portfolio "Halcyon" produced by A.A. M. Stols shortly before 1940. (Reid A35) Fine copy of an unusual item.
GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS The Illustrators of the Golden Cockerel Press. Madley, Hereford: Five Seasons Press, 1980. Number 28 of 75 (400) special copies signed by Lettice and Christopher Sandford. An Introduction to the Exhibition at the Mayor's Parlour Gallery, Hereford April 19th - May 10th 1980. Text by Christopher Sandford and David Chambers. Hand-set in Baskerville and Perpeyua types and printed on BFK Rives mould-made paper. 12.5 X 8.75 ins. 12 pp. Card covers with paper wraps illustrated with a border and cockerel by Mark Severin. Frontispiece by Lettice Sandford cut for "The Golden Cockerel Greek Anthology" and here printed by Reg Bolton. Wood engravings by John O'Connor, Paul Nash, Gertrude Hermes and Eric Gill printed from the original blocks. A very fine copy.
BEWICK, THOMAS Thomas Bewick. Selected Work. Manchester: Fyfield Books (Carcanet Press), 1989. Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Robyn Marsack. 7.75 X 5 ins. 142 pp. Pictorial paper covers. 106 pp. of Bewick wood engravings and an Appendix: "Audubon Meets Bewick". Fine.
FREEDMAN, BARNETT Barnett Freedman. Painter, Draughtsman, Lithographer. Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University Library, 1990. By Ian Rogerson and Sue Hoskins and with a Letter from the artist's son, Vincent Barnett. A Cataologue of the Prints, Book Illustrations, Dust-wrappers, Postage Stamp Designs, Packaging, Advertising and Correspondence held in the Polytechnic Library. 8.25 X 8.25 ins. 24 pp. Card covers with title and lithograph in colours on the upper cover. 15 examples of the artist's work throughout text. As new.
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