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SMITH, RICHARD SHIRLEY The Testament of Charlotte B. Marlborough: the Libanus Press, 1988. Introduced by Marius Kociejowski and Decorated by Richard Shirley Smith. Number XI of 50 (220) special copies set in Monotype Garamond and printed on hand-made Armatruda paper. 10 X 6 ins. 69 pp. Quarter purple morocco with paper covered boards after a design by the artist. Silver spine titling. Bound by Smith Settle. A fine copy in drop-back box with silver spine titling.
DEPOL, JOHN Five Decades of the Burin: The Wood Engravings of John DePol. New Hampshire: David R. Godine in association with the University of Delaware Library, 2004. Foreword by Timothy D. Murray. Introduction by David R. Godine. Designed by Jerry Kelly. First edition soft cover. 9 X 5.25 ins. xvi, 78 pp. Green paper wraps with 3 wood engravings. A collection of over 100 wood engravings covering five decades of work by the late master of American wood engraving with an extensive text examing his place in American graphic art. As new.
NASH, PAUL Cotswold Characters. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1921. By John Drinkwater. First edition. 7.5 X 5 ins. 54 pp. Speckled tan paper covered boards with paper title label on upper cover. 5 wood engravings by Paul Nash. These wood engravings were Nash's first to be published as book illustrations. The author, John Drinkwater, found them "entirely admirable, every one of them". A near fine copy lacking dust-jacket.
THE GROLIER CLUB (SIGNED BY AUTHOR) A Century For The Century fine printed books 1900-1999. New York & Jaffrey, New Hampshire: the Grolier Club & David R. Godine, 2004. By Martin Hutner and Jerry Kelly. The revised and enlarged edition of an exhibition catalogue produced by the Grolier Club, New York. Folio. 12 X 9 ins. lxii, 110 pp. Black cloth with gilt titling on spine and upper cover. 100 full page illustrations from the authors' choice of the hundred greatest printed books of the twentieth century. Signed on the half-title by the co-author, Jerry Kelly. As new in dust-jacket.
CALLOT, JACQUES Jacques Callot. New York and London: Georges Braziller and Thames and Hudson, 1955. By Edwin De T. Bechtel. First edition. 11 X 8.5 ins. 47 pp. + 233 plates illustrating Callot's work. Red cloth with gilt spine titling. Considered the father of French etching Callot is, without doubt, one of the greatest of graphic artists. Of special interest to social historians as Callot's etchings covered every aspect of life in the 17th century. A near fine copy in slightly chipped pictorial dust-jacket.
GIBBINGS, ROBERT John Graham Convict 1824. New York: A.S. Barnes & Co., 1957. An historical narrative from the Australian Outback written and illustrated by Robert Gibbings. This edition printed at the Aldine Press for A.S. Barnes & Co. 8.5 X 5.5 ins. 129 pp. Grey cloth with title and artist's device in gilt on spine and gilt device by the artist on upper cover. 40 wood engravings by Robert Gibbings. A fine copy in unclipped dust-jacket
MUELLER, HANS ALEXANDER How I Make Woodcuts and Wood Engravings. New York: American Artists Group, 1945. By Hans Alexander Mueller. First edition. 9.25 X 6 ins. 96 pp. Illustrated throughout with black and white colour woodcuts and wood engravings by Hans Alexander Mueller. Contents include: "The Woodcut and Wood Engraving and its place in the graphic arts", "Foundation of the Technique", "The Woodcut - Long Grain", "The Wood Engraving - End Grain", "The Coloured Woodcut and Wood Engraving", "The Woodcut in Book Illustration". Near fine copy of a useful guide lacking dust-jacket.
CRAIG, EDWARD GORDON Hamlet. New York: Benjamin Blom, 1972. A finely produced facsimile edition of the Cranach Press "Hamlet" originally printed in 1929 (250 copies). Printed in red and black on heavy sand-coloured laid paper. Folio. 14 X 9.5 ins. 202 pp. Quarter vellum with vellum tips and tan paper covered boards. Title in red on spine and upper cover. 74 woodcuts by Edward Gordon Craig. Typography by Edward Johnston. Two initials, title over first woodcut and spine titling by Eric Gill. A fine copy in slightly soiled and worn slipcase. 8 pp. history of the Cranach Press and the printing of "Hamlet" loose in pocket on rear paste-down.
STONE, REYNOLDS The Mountains. Illustrated with Ten Drawings by John Piper Engraved on the Wood by Reynolds Stone. New York: Chilmark Press (third of the Clover Hill Editions), 1968. By R.S. Thomas with a Descriptive Note by John Piper. Number 15 of 240 (350) copies designed by Will and Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press. Set in Palatino types and printed on Wookey Hole mould-made paper. Title page and Colophon printed in tan and black. 12.25 X 9.25 ins. 48 pp. Dark green linen-backing with tan paper covered boards illustrated with a blow-up of a Reynolds Stone wood engraving. Gilt spine titling. Top edge stained dark green. Bound at the Cambridge University Press. Ten drawings of Welsh mountains by John Piper engraved on the wood by Reynolds Stone. Each of the engravings is printed from the wood and presented on a separate page. As R.S. Thomas states, "About mountains it is useless to argue; you have either been there or you haven't". This handsome book takes you there. Fine copy in original tan paper covered board slipcase with two very minor splits.
FRASCONI, ANTONIO (SPECIAL ARTIST'S EDITION) Woodcuts by Antonio Frasconi. New York: E. Weyhe, 1957. With an Introductory Note by the artist, a Comment by the printer and The Background of this Book by Paul A Bennett. Designed and printed by Joseph Blumenthal at his Spiral Press, New York. Set in Emerson type and printed on Curtis Rag paper. Number 298 of 500 copies in "a special artist's edition" signed by Frasconi. 7 X 4.5 ins. Unpaginated but xii, 36 French-fold pages. Backed in tan cloth with paper covered boards in two colours after Frasconi's rose motif. 24 full page woodcuts printed recto and verso on hand-made Goyu paper from Japan: one in colour and 4 two page spreads - all printed from the original blocks. "It was enthusiasm for the artist's work that spurred the thought of making a collection of his smaller woodcuts...enthusiasm for the idea that prompted Joseph Blumenthal to agree instantly to its printing...and enthusiasm for the quality of presswork produced at the Spiral Press that quickly won the artist's consent for such a collection." (Paul A. Bennett) Previous owner's bookplate on front paste-down. A fine copy in original pictorial slipcase with Frasconi woodcut.
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