Hammersmith: Eragny Press, 1905. Hardcover. One of 175 paper copies. There were also 10 vellum copies. Founded in 1894 by Lucien Pisarro and his wife, Esther, the Eragny Press became well known for its distinctive designs, woodcuts, and printing. The press originally printed books using Charles Rickett’s Vale Press type face; however, in 1904, after the closing of the Vale Press, Lucien began publishing his own books and printing them with a typeface of his design called Brook Type.
This beautiful copy is bound in full dark green morocco boards with gilt title to spine and gilt rulings to covers. It has been expertly restored with a modern spine and five raised bands. The beautiful leather covers have Art Nouveau style inner dentelles featuring a pink inlaid floral motif. The binding is signed by H.S. Chatfield. An article in the New York Times of February 12, 1915 describes Chatfield's work to be “charming and discreet, his inlays almost persuade the most conservative, the best of his linear decoration is firm and true in execution and well-balanced in design.” There is minor wear to the edges and corners of the boards. The interior is clean and bright with the original pink and green floral patterned color wrappers bound in. The frontispiece, printed in olive green, was designed and cut by Laurence Binyon. The decorations and initials were designed by Lucien Pissaro and engraved by Esther Pissaro. Pencil ownership signature of Hilda Beecher Stowe of New York. Near fine condition. 28 pages plus colophon. PRI/112122. Fine.