An Alphabet



Andoversford: the Whittington Press, 1978.

Printed from the original blocks owned by William Heinemann which are on permanent loan to the V & A. Number 102 of 150 sets accompanied by an illustrated booklet, “William Nicholson’s Alphabet an Introduction to the Reprint from the Original Woodblock”, written and signed by Edward Craig. 15.75 X 11.5 ins. 39 leaves: 34 original woodblock prints, 2 reproductions from line-blocks, one block reproduced from a line-block and one lithographic reproduction of an unfinished block. Booklet in yellow laid-paper wraps. 13.25 X 10 ins. 12 pp. The proceding loosely laid in a brown cloth covered drop-back box with title on paper spine label and hand-coloured woodblock print of “The Ballad Seller” on upper cover. Edward Craig notes that A for Artist is a self-portrait, B for Beggar (with his staff) is a portrait of Nicholson’e brother-in-law, Jimmy Pryde – the other half of the Beggarstaff Brothers and E for Executioner is a portrait of a well-known art critic. A fine set.


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