Item #36959 Pages From Presses Volume II: Golden Cockerel, Gregynog, Shakespeare Head, Curwen, Nonesuch, Haslewood Books and Cresset. The Whittington Press, David Butcher, commentary.
Pages From Presses Volume II: Golden Cockerel, Gregynog, Shakespeare Head, Curwen, Nonesuch, Haslewood Books and Cresset.
Pages From Presses Volume II: Golden Cockerel, Gregynog, Shakespeare Head, Curwen, Nonesuch, Haslewood Books and Cresset.
Pages From Presses Volume II: Golden Cockerel, Gregynog, Shakespeare Head, Curwen, Nonesuch, Haslewood Books and Cresset.
Pages From Presses Volume II: Golden Cockerel, Gregynog, Shakespeare Head, Curwen, Nonesuch, Haslewood Books and Cresset.

Pages From Presses Volume II: Golden Cockerel, Gregynog, Shakespeare Head, Curwen, Nonesuch, Haslewood Books and Cresset.

Lower Marston Farm, Risbury, Herefordshire: The Whittington Press, 2022. Hardcover. Number 59 of 95 copies of this beautifully printed book. There are 180 copies in this edition: 45 copies numbered I-XLV, 40 copies numbered i-xl; and 95 copies numbered 1-95. Each version has a different binding and a different number of original leaves.This version has 14 original paper leaves. From the press prospectus: "Never before have original leaves from such high points been gathered together in a single volume, and it is unlikely they will ever be again. They will be accompanied by David’s informative and authoritative commentary, much praised in the first volume. The book makes an ideal companion to the first volume, and together they cover perhaps the epitome of fifty years of the British private press movement from Kelmscott on. This is a unique opportunity to acquire original leaves from a selection of the books of the major British fine presses that flourished after the First World War. The book gives collectors the feel of the actual pages from these presses in a way no reproduction can achieve, demonstrating clearly the quality of work of each. The leaves are tipped onto guards so that each side is readily accessible and can be turned naturally."

In addition to the individual leaves listed below, there is a large fold-out page opposite the title page with the pressmarks of the various presses printed on Batchelor's Crown and Sceptre paper. Bound in half green buckram with light green paper covers with the blind stamped Whittington watermark on the front cover, and with gilt titling to spine. Set in Neil Winter in 14D Walbaum type and printed at Whittington on Losin hand-made paper. Bound by the Fine Book Bindery, Finedon. Housed in a green buckram and cream paper covered slipcase. In fine condition. Measures 11.5 x 15.5 inches. 138 pages including Chronology and Further Reading. PRI/121223

The leaves included in this edition are:

Golden Cockerel Press: Pages 75-76 of The Canterbury Tales, with marginal illustrations by Eric Gill.
Pages 357-358 of Paradise Lost
Pages 51-52 of The Hundredth Story

Gregynog Press: Pages 199-200 of The Plays of Euripides
Pages 41-44 of Caneuon Ceiriog Detholiad
Pages 207-208 of Erewhon

Shakespeare Head Press: Pages 153-154 and 159-160 of The Whole Works of Homer
Pages 159-160 of The Works of William Shakespeare

Curwen Press: Pages 221-222 of The Legion Book

Nonesuch Press: Pages 95-96 and 105-106 of Benito Cereno
Pages 523-524 of The Anatomy of Melancholy
Pages 619-620 of Odyssey

Haslewood Books: Pages 193-194 and 207-208 of Tales from Hans Andersen with hand-colored illustration
by Hester Sainsbury

Cresset Press: Pages 17-18 from The Apocrypha or The Sheheardes Calendar

It will be printed in the elegant 14-Didot size of Walbaum for which the Press owns one of the rare sets of matrices [a change from Volume One which was printed from the smaller 14-point]. The paper is a special making of Czech Losin hand-made [also used in the prospectus] which features the Whittington Press pressmark for the only time. It is likely that this will be the last letterpress printed book published by the Whittington Press."

Publication Details

15 x 11½ ins, 153 pp., printed in 14D Walbaum on Czech Losin hand-made paper, in an edition of 180 copies.
Fine.

Item #36959

Price: $1,200.00