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NONESUCH PRESS Sir Francis Meynell and the Nonesuch Press. Manchester: Manchester Polytechnic Library, 1979. By Ian Rogerson. Foreword by Alix Meynell. First edition limited to 500 copies. 8.25 X 6 ins. 62 pp. + late additions to the catalogue laid in. Card covers with Nonesuch Press devices visible through window in stiff paper wrappers. Frontispiece photo of Sir Francis Meynell and illustrations of press devices throughout text. Fine copy.
MORGAN, GWENDA The Wood-Engravings of Gwernda Morgan. Manor Farm, Andoversford: Whittington Press, 1985. Introduction by John Randle. Number XXX of 35 special copies signed by the artist and accompanied by a suite of wood engravings in a separate portfolio. Hand-set in 12 pt. Bell type and printed in red, grey and black on Zerkall smooth white wove and Zerkall Silurian papers. 10.25 X 7.5 ins. 61 pp. Quarter tan goatskin with Whittington marbled paper covered boards. Gilt spine titling. Headbands, top edge brown. 52 wood engravings by Gwenda Morgan, all but one printed from the original blocks. The separate portfolio contains 15 proof wood engravings and is in matching marbled paper boards. Book and portfolio held in a brown paper covered slipcase with brown cloth at head and foot. A fine copy.
SMITH, RICHARD SHIRLEY Messer Pietro Mio: Letters between Lucrezia Borgia & Pietro Bembo. Marlborough: Libanus Press, 1985. Translation and Preface by Hugh Shankland. The first English edition of the letters which Lord Byron described as, "the prettiest love-letters in the World." Number 128 of 135 (150) copies signed by the artist. Set in 14 pt. Monotype Bembo and printed in brown and black on Barcham Green hand-made Chester paper. Crown 8vo. 10.5 X 7.5 ins. 106 pp. including 43 letters. Bound by Smith Settle in quarter tan morocco with gilt rule and stone-marbled cream paper covered boards. Title blocked in blind on spine and gilt artist's device blocked on upper cover. Tail edges untrimmed. 17 wood engravings by Richard Shirley Smith. As new in cloth covered slip case. A most successful book.
GIBBINGS, ROBERT A Portrait of Lady Hester. Marlborough: Libanus Press, 1987. From Alexander William Kinglake's "Eothen". Set in 12 pt. Monotype Bodoni italic and printed in red and black on damped BFK Rives rag paper. Number 12 of 50 (300) deluxe copies quarter bound in leather with an extra set of the wood engravings printed on Japanese hand-made paper. 9.75 X 5.75 ins. 31 pp. + Colophon. Quarter black leather with repeat pattern paper covered boards after a wood engraving by the artist. Silver spine titling. 10 wood engravings by Robert Gibbings within text and printed separately and held in a black paper folder. Book and folder of engravings in black paper covered slip case. A fine copy.
ELLIS, E. N. An Alphabet. Marlborough: the Libanus Press, 1985. An alphabet with 27 wood engravings by E.N. Ellis; one for each letter of a roman alphabet and a title page. Number 71 of 75 copies only signed by the artist. Printed on heavy Velin d'Arches paper at the Libanus Press. 5.25 X 4.25 ins. 32 pp. Bound by Tessa Fantoni in quarter terra cotta coloured cloth with past paper covered boards by E. N. Ellis. Matching coloured endpapers. Title on paper spine label. All edges uncut. Each letter of the alphabet is ornamented with a wood engraved animal - some curled, some entwined, some inclined - all designed and cut by E.N. Ellis. There is one joke. An as new copy in its original folding card slipcase.
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.
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