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BLAKE, WILLIAM The Illustrations of William Blake for Thornton's Virgil. London: the Nonesuch Press, 1937. With the First Eclogue and the Immitation by Ambrose Philips. Introduction by Geoffrey Keynes. Number 210 of 1000 copies printed at the Curwen Press. 9.25 X 5.75 ins. 38 pp. + proofs of eight of Blake's blocks in their original state and sixteen of Blake's designs for the wood engravings bound in. Loosely inserted in a pocket on the rear paste-down a set of prints of Blake's woodblocks with each subject on a separate page rather than as they appear in Thornton's Virgil in groups of four. A fine copy.
£245.00
NONESUCH PRESS A History of the Nonesuch Press. London: the Nonesuch Press, 1981. By John Dreyfus. With an Introduction by Geoffrey Keynes & a descriptive catalogue by David McKitterick, Simon Rendall and John Dreyfus. Number 500 of 950 copies. Designed by John Dreyfus and printed and bound at the University Press, Cambridge on paper specially made at the Dalmore Mill of William Somerville, Edinburgh. Folio. 12 X 7.75 ins. 320 pp. Full burgundy cloth with gilt spine titling and Press device in gilt on upper cover. Illustrated throughout with 35 full page examples of title pages, etc. and including an Appendix of 28 Nonesuch Press devices. A fine copy in fine pictorial dust-jacket.
£260.00
NONESUCH PRESS The Nonesuch Press. London: the Nonesuch Press, 1981. By John Dreyfus. With an Introduction by Geoffrey Keynes & a Descriptive Catalogue by David Mc- Kitterick, Simon Rendall & John Dreyfus. Number 500 of 950 copies. Designed by John Dreyfus and printed and bound at the University Press, Cambridge, on paper specially made at the Dalmore Mill of William Somerville, Edinburgh. Folio. 12 X 7.75 ins. 320 pp. Full burgundy cloth with gilt spine titling and Press device in gilt on upper cover. Illustrated throughout with 35 full page examples of title pages etc. and including an Appendix of 28 Nonesuch Press devices. A fine copy in fine dust-jacket.
£260.00
THE CHAPBOOK The Chapbook (A Monthly Miscellany) No. 38. London: the Poetry Bookshop, 1923. Edited by Harold Monro. Printed at the Westminster Press. 8.75 X 6.75 ins. 24 pp. Paper wraps decorated by Albert Rutherston with title on upper cover. 7 poems, including one by Walter de la Mare, 2 wood engravings by John Nash and a design by Jacob Kramer. Very good copy with slight foxing to cover.
£20.00
JONES, DAVID The Townchild's Alphabet. London: the Poetry Bookshop, 1924. Verses by Eleanor Farjeon designs by David Jones. Printed at the Whitefriars Press. First edition. 8.5 X 6.75 ins. 56 pp. + 4 pp. listing current Poetry Bookshop titles. Cream paper covered boards lettered in black and with an illustration of a townscape beyond a river in blue, grey and orange. Also issued in paper wrappers with same design. 26 full page drawings by David Jones printed in two colours. A near fine copy with usual light soiling and rubbing to boards and previous owner's name and price on title page. This is one of David Jones' earliest published works completed while he was still working at St. Dominic's Press. Very scarce.
£350.00
BRETT, SIMON SIMON BRETT the engraver's cut. London: the Primrose Academy, 1997. Thirty-one wood engravings chosen by the artist and printed from the original blocks at the Rampant Lions Press. Prefaced with an Autobiographical Note. Signed by the artist. Number 93 of 135 copies. 10.25 X 7 ins. xiv, 29 pp. of wood engravings printed recto + Colophon. Backed in brown buckram with repeat pattern paper covered boards after a wood engraving by the artist. Gilt spine titling. Bound at the Fine Bindery, Wellingborough. A fine copy in original slipcase.
£165.00
NASH, PAUL Paul Nash Places. London: the South Bank Centre, 1989. Catalogue for travelling exhibition. First edition. 8.25 X 8.5 ins. 96 pp. Paper covers with title and "Landscape of the Megaliths 1934" on front cover. Generously illustrated throughout with 12 plates in colour. A near fine copy.
£25.00
WILLIAMS, CHARLES Heroes and Kings. London: the Sylvan Press, 1930. Nineteen poems by Charles Williams, leading member of the Oxford "Inklings" and friend of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Wood Engravings by Norman Janes. Designed by Hubert J. Foss. One of 250 copies for sale (this one out of series). Set in 18 pt. Monotype Caslon and printed on Barcham Green hand-made paper. 12 X 8 ins. 76 pp. but not paginated. Crimson cloth with gilt blocked device on upper and lower covers after a crown, sword and arch device by the artist. Red head and tailbands. T.E.G., others uncut. Included are seven of Charles Williams' Arthurian poems. Illustrated with a title page vignette and 13 wood engravings by Norman Janes. Internally fine. Top of spine pulled and showing some board.
£300.00
MACKLEY, GEORGE Weeds & Wild Flowers. London: the Two Horse Press, 1965. Some irreverent words by Armida Maria-Theresa Colt. Number 95 of 250 copies accompanied by a separate portfolio of 11 George Mackley wood engravings printed from the wood. Signed by the artist and printed by Will Carter at the Rampant Lions Press. Set in Monotype Arrighi 16 pt. type and printed on Original Turkey Mill paper. Title page printed in mustard and black. 12 X 9.5 ins. 54 pp. Book and portfolio backed in green cloth with floral paper covered boards by Mansell of London. Gilt title on spine. Of the 11 wood engravings by Mackley 3 are full page. Chosen as one of the most beautiful, finely printed books produced during the twentieth century ("A Century For The Century", Grolier Club Exhibition 1999) Book and separate portfolio of wood engravings in paper covered slipcase. A very fine copy.
£600.00
MACKLEY, GEORGE Engraved in the Wood. London: Two Horse Press, 1968. A Collection of (68) wood engravings by George Mackley. With an Appreciation by Ruari McLean and a Glimse of the artist by Armida Maria-Theresa Colt. Number 92 of 300 copies signed by the artist. Designed and printed in three colours at the Rampant Lions Press. Set in Herman Zapf's Palatino type and printed on mould-made Wookey Hole paper. 12 X 9.5 ins. 30 pp. booklet and 68 wood engravings printed recto from the original blocks and held in a separate folder. Booklet and engravings within a drop-back box by Gray's of Cambridge with title label on spine. A fine copy with prospectus and order form enclosed.
£700.00
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