Basilisk Press, 1979



CRAIG, EDWARD GORDON: The Life & Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York. London: Basilisk Press, 1979. By Daniel Defoe. Introduction by Edward A. Craig (Edward Carrick). Number 11 of 25 special copies bound in full leather with 10 original Gordon Craig wood engravings bound-in. Total edition of 515 copies with 500 for sale. Designed by Bernard Roberts and printed by John Roberts, London, on a special making of Van Gelder mould-made paper. Set in Monotype Imprint with headings in Caslon Old Face and Rosart types. 12.5 X 9 ins. 180 pp. Bound by Tony Miles, London, in dark blue leather with five raised bands. Gilt spine titling and gilt decoration on upper cover. T.E.G. Terracotta paste-paper endpapers by Antionette Jacobsen. Frontispiece monotype of Crusoe’s Mask and half-tone of Carved mask from Africa tipped-in. 13 wood engravings by Gordon Craig within text. The 10 original wood engravings are held in French fold leaves with windows which have been bound-in. These prints were made by Edward Gordon Craig usually during the 1930s by placing Japan paper over the engraving and rubbing it with an ivory-handled pen knife. Previous owner’s discreet bookplate on front paste-down. A fine copy in the publisher’s original wooden drop back box with gilt titling on dark blue leather spine labels. £3500.00

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