Tartu, Estonia: TYPA, 2019. Hardcover. Number 29 of 150 handbound copies. An additional 150 copies were letterpress printed and machine bound. This is a letterpress edition of the classic children’s story. It was printed at TYPA, a print and paper art centre in Estonia, specializing in letterpress publications. In 2020 TYPA won the Europa Nostra, Ilucidare Special Prize for heritage-led innovation. It is a unique museum and studio as every item of their machinery is still in use, and they continue to create fabulous hand-printed publications using traditional techniques. Hand bound by Pauline Rummel in natural linen with black title and illustration silk screened to front cover. In full color illustrated dust jacket with yellow title to spine panel and blue title to front. The illustrations were re-drawn for letterpress and the layout was redesigned by Mana Kaasik. Body text composed with Literaturnaya Bold on a Linotype machine. Title page and dust jacket set by hand with Admiral typeface. Composed and printed on Holmen Book Cream paper by pressman Jörgen Loot. 95 pages including a two page epilogue by Lemmit Kaplinski, former director of TYPA. Size: About 8 x 6 inches. PRI/090721. Fine / Fine.
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London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, n.d. [c. 1895. Frederick James Whishaw ( 1854 – 1934) was a Russian-born British novelist, historian, poet and musician. A popular author of children's fiction at the turn of the 20th century, he published over forty volumes of his work between 1884 and 1914. He was a prolific historical novelist, many of his books being set in Czarist Russia, and his "schoolboy" and adventure serials appeared in many boys' magazines of the era. This historic tale of Boris's adventures include encounters with the Tsar Peter the Great. In a special dark leather binding by Allman & Sons with "Kensington Preparatory School" on the cover - the only indication that this was perhaps a student award book. There are debossed words in reverse on free front endpaper "The Redtowers/Melton/Sussex. Binding is bumped and rubbed and the spine has faded. Marbled edges. Interior pages are very good with seven black and white illustrated plates. Mesures 5 x 7 inches. 376 pages.