London: The Cresset Press, 1929. Hardcover. Number 347 of 450 copies printed on mould-made paper. An additional 30 copies numbered I-XXX were printed on handmade paper. This sumptuous edition of the biblical apocrypha as they appeared in the King James Bible has fourteen wood engraved illustrations, one for each book, each commissioned by a noted contemporary artist of the time. They are Blair Hughes Stanton, Gertrude Hermes, Leon Underwood, Stephen Gooden, Rene Ben Sussan, M.E. Groom, Eric Jones, Wladislaw Skoczylas, Hester Sainbury, Frank Medworth, Eric Ravilious, John Nash, and D. Galanis. The Cresset Press was a publishing company in London, England, active as an independent press from 1927 for 40 years, and initially specializing in "expensively illustrated limited editions of classical works, like Milton's Paradise Lost" but later going on to produce well-designed trade editions of literary and political works. Among the leading illustrators commissioned by Cresset were Blair Hughes-Stanton and Gertrude Hermes — The Pilgrim's Progress (1928), The Apocrypha (1929), and D. H. Lawrence's Birds, Beasts and Flowers (1930). [Wikipedia] Bound in full cream vellum over thick boards with a leather title label to spine. Spine label is rubbed and slightly nicked. The binding is tight and unbowed. The text pages are bright and fresh. The superb full page wood engravings are sharp and vivid impressions. The book was beautifully printed at the Curwen Press. Housed in a black slipcase. In fine condition in near fine slipcase. Measures 8.5 x 13 inches. 406 pages. PRI/121422. Fine.
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London: Cresset Press Limited, 1928. Hardcover. Number 163 of 750 copies. Founded in 1927, the Cresset Press specialized in finely printing pieces from classical literature. The thirteen page preface addresses the difficulties of translating Homer with notes on this particular translation. Bound in vellum over orange cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Bumping to head of spine and corners of boards. Minor yellowing to vellum, as is common. Minor sunning to front board. Clean and bright. A fine printing of this classic work. Size: Quarto. 228 pages. PRI/020223. Very Good.