Hardcover. One of 300 copies. A lovely fine press book designed by Victor Hammer and printed by Jacob Hammer. It is one volume of a beautifully presented text of the four gospels, based on the Tynsdale translation of 1526, which was the first translation of the Bible into English. According to an article by Burton Milward, “Private Press Tradition in Lexington, Kentucky,” published in 1992 in the Kentucky Review, the Anvil Press was part of the resurgence of fine press printing in Lexington, led by Joseph Graves, who was influenced and taught by Victor Hammer. The Anvil Press was unusual in that it was an association comprised of ten members, inspired and guided by Hammer and his wife, Carolyn. Their books were printed on any one of the several presses owned by members of the group, and were sold at cost. Bound in light beige paper boards with a paper spine label with title S. Luke. Covers are slightly soiled and there is darkening to the top edges of boards. Speckling and light foxing to page edges. Offsetting and light foxing to pastedowns and free endpapers. Some splits to few gutters but text block is firm. The interior is otherwise clean and bright. Pages are unopened. The title page is preceded by a pair of woodcuts from the Holkham Bible depicting Saint Luke and his symbolic representation of a Bull. Very good condition. Measures 5 x 6.5 inches. Paginated on recto only: xciii pages. PRI/120922. Very Good.
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Lexington, KY: The Anvil Press, 1993. Hardcover. Number 35 of 75 copies. A beautiful edition of The Tempest from Victor Hammer's Anvil Press. In her foreword, Carolyn Hammer explains why they chose Capell's 18th century text for this book, including why they retained the unusual punctuation and "novelties" found in Capell. Bound in decorated paper evocative of the island on which the play's characters were stranded, with a black linen spine with a title label. Printed on Magnani paper with the text composed in Victor Hammer's American Uncial typeface. In her afterword, Carolyn thanks her collaborators on this production and notes that the Chiaroscuro woodcut on the title page was commissioned especially for the Anvil Press edition. Laid in is a bookmark from the press. In fine condition. Measures 6.5 x 9 inches. 107 pages plus afterword. PRI/112221. Fine.