HUGHES-STANTON, BLAIR (SPECIAL)

£3,000.00

EPITHALAMION a Poem by Ida Graves with Associate Wood Engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton

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Colchester: the Gemini Press, 1934.

Number 7 of 25 (50) special copies only. Specially bound and printed on hand-made Japanese vellum. Signed on the Colophon by the poet and artist. Designed, typeset and printed by hand by Blair Hughes-Stanton. Set in 24 pt. Blado italic type. Tall folio. 13.5 X 8.25 ins. Unpaginated but 51 pp. Original half morrocco with gilt spine titling between six raised bands and three false bands which match the colour of the paper covered boards. Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. T.E.G. 23 remarkable full page wood engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton each to illustrate a stanza of this poem in praise of marriage. As in his previous two books on vellum, “The Revelation of Saint John the Divine” and “The Lamentations of Jeremiah”, designed and illustrated by him at the Gregynog Press, the wood engravings here are printed to perfection. The Gemini Press and this Poem were conceived in the love match between Ida Graves and Blair Hughes-Stanton who left his wife, Gertrude Hermes, to join her. Ironically, Ida Graves’ husband, Herbert Marks, refused to grant Ida a divorce insisting that she publicly admit their separation was her fault. The poet and the artist were never married. But this beautiful book remains a celebration of their physical and spiritual union. Rare. Note: Only 25 of the original special copies on vellum were bound and sold in 1934. The remaining 25 were given by the artist to the Basilisk Press to be published in 1978.

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