The Chester Play of the Deluge



London: Clover Hill Editions, 1977.

With a Publisher’s Note from Douglas Cleverdon. Number XIX of LXXX special copies out of a total edition of 337 copies. Accompanied by a suite of the 10 full page wood engravings printed from the wood on Japon and held in a separate folder. Set in 18 pt. Golden Cockerel type designed by Eric Gill and printed at the Rampant Lions Press in orange and black on Barcham Green hand-made paper watermarked “Clover Hill”. 13.25 X 10.5 ins. 30 pp. + Glossary and a translation of the Latin Stage-Directions. Quarter brown morocco with marbled paper covered boards. Gilt title within brown moroccco label on upper cover. T.E.G., others uncut. In David Jones’ opinion the delicacy of his engraved blocks had been lost in the 1927 Golden Cockerel edition as the paper had not been properly dampened in order to meet the publication date. Jones acquired the ten blocks again and determined they would not be printed again without his approval. Having worked with Douglas Cleverdon on “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” he allowed him to print from the blocks in 1977. Discreet label of Anne Furber to corner of the paste-down. The original prospectus loosely inserted. One of Cleverdon’s most pleasing publications and rarely available. A very fine copy in original cloth covered slipcase with paper title label on spine.

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