University Park, TX: Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University, 1983. Hardcover. One of 275 copies (250 for sale) printed for the Bridwell Library by the famed Bird & Bull Press. An inscription in ink on the colophon states that this copy is "one of two printer's copies in a trial binding that was not used for the edition." This interesting book explores the famous feud between C.H. Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker over the ownership of the type of the renowned Doves Press. It offers a new perspective through the discovery by Michael Hornby, son of St John Hornby, of previously unknown correspondence between Cobden-Sanderson and St John Hornby, Sidney Cockerell, and Walker. The letters, mostly dated from 1906 to 1908, shed new light upon the controversy and provide fresh insight into the intensity of Cobden-Sanderson's preoccupation with the type.
The unsigned inscription on the colophon was possibly written by Henry Morris, founder of the Bird & Bull Press. Morris founded his press in 1958 and continued to print their highly regarded letterpress books until his retirement in 2014. From Princeton University “…Morris’s publishing program has been a boon to the historian of the book. He is correct when he writes, ‘It pleases me to know that without the Bird & Bull, many books on worthwhile, albeit esoteric subjects would probably never have been published.’ And all these works have been printed by letterpress from metal type on either Henry’s own handmade or on imported mould-made papers.” The inscription is written to Abe Lerner and Kit Currie "on the occasion of their visit here on Oct. 8/1983." Abe Lerner and his wife, Kit Currie, were both important figures in the world of books in the twentieth century. Abe Lerner (1908-2002) was a highly respected and talented typographer/book designer with links to the likes of the great Bruce Rogers. With a meticulous eye for detail and clean design, he was constantly working on new projects. With a career that landed him as the Director of Design and Production at Macmillan, President of the Typophiles, and lecturer at the Grolier Club in New York, Abe Lerner was certainly one of the finest typographic designers of the 20th century. Kit Currie began her career in the antiquarian book trade as the personal assistant for London bookdealer Bertram Rota. She moved to California in 1964 and began working at Dawson’s Book Shop in Los Angeles, where she stayed for 14 years. She moved to New York City in 1977 with her husband, noted typographer and graphic designer Abe Lerner. Unable to find work initially, Currie ventured to start her own bookselling business, and issued her first and only catalog in the winter of 1977-1978. Soon afterward, however, she was offered a position with H. P. Kraus.
Bound in brown paper covered boards with brown cloth spine. Title debossed in blind to front cover. Minimal wear to corners. Text pages are clean and bright. Printed in Centaur types on Bugra Bütten paper. Folded prospectus is inserted. In fine condition. Octavo. 31 pages. PRI/102423. Fine.