Mission, BC: Barbarian Press, 2013. Simon Brett. Hardcover. Endgrain Editions Four. Limited to 120 copies in the regular edition. This is the first addition to the Endgrain Editions since 2003, and it is a major return to the series. It is a celebration of the work of Simon Brett documenting his fifty plus years as an engraver. Simon is acknowledged as one of the masters of wood engraving of the past half-century. With 134 engravings printed from the wood, an introduction by the artist, and a chronological catalogue of the more than 1,000 engravings Simon has so far engraved, this is a major work of 250 pages, and is certain to be an important reference on Simon’s work as well as being a splendid book from this important private press. Text printed in Joanna with Fry’s Ornamented for display in green and black on Zerkall Cream laid with engravings printed on Zerkall White Smooth. Bound in quarter green cloth with paper patterned boards and title label to spine. In fine condition. PRI/062014. Fine.
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Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 2011. Hardcover. Number 339 of 400 copies of this deluxe limited edition from the press. It is a facsimile of the original edition published in 1872 by Grant & Co. in London. This reproduction includes all 180 original illustrations by Doré. It was originally published in 13 parts, with 191 pages and illustrations, and then serialized in Harper's Weekly. It has been described as a populist picture book. Doré's 1866 illustrations for the Bible had been a success, and a Dore Gallery had opened on Bond Street. In 1868, Jerrold proposed the work as a portrait of London, inspired by Thomas Rowlandson's Microcosm of London, and work began in 1869. Doré was commissioned to create the illustrations by the publisher Grant and Company, receiving an advance of £10,000 for each of the four projected years of work. His contract required the Paris-based artist to visit London for 3 months each year, and make 250 drawings. The author and artist spent days touring the city together, often accompanied by plain clothes policemen. Jerrold led his friend Doré through the "shadows and sunlight of the great world of London/" The book focused on the deprivation and squalor of the poorest residents of London. It has been considered an early work of social journalism, documenting the high and low society of Victorian London in the mid to late 19th century [Wikipedia]. Bound by BindTech of Nashville in brown cowhide leather imported from Italy. With gilt titling and ornament to cover and spine. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Printed on archival quality paper especially milled by Glatfelter Paper in Pennsylvania. Lithography by Falcon Press of Nashville. Housed in a red cloth slipcase also made by BindTech. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. In fine condition. Measures 11.75 x 14.5 inches. 191 pages. PRI/012624. Fine.
[Hammersmith]: [Kelmscott Press], . This is an uncomomon proof page for the beautiful frontispiece woodcut illustration for Love is Enough, or The Freeing of Pharamond: A Morality, drawn by the artist Edward Burne-Jones and engraved by W.H. Hooper. Love is Enough was the final publication of the Kelmscott Press, published one year after the death of founder William Morris. It is mounted on board and measures 28.5 x 20.6 cm (11.25 x 8 inches). There are some hints of rubbing and soiling but is otherwise in near fine condition. PRI/072123. Near Fine.
Toronto and Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books, 2020. Softcover. Signed by George Walker on the title page. This is the first printing of a nice trade edition of Walker's splendid limited edition work celebrating the 80th birthday (September 21, 2014) of Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist Leonard Cohen. The eighty wood engravings commemorate Cohen's artistic accomplishments and explore how images of Leonard Cohen have appeared in popular culture over his six decade career. The black and white engravings are arranged chronologically and depict scenes from Cohen's varied creative endeavors. The book also presents portraits of some of the many famous people in his life, including Allan Ginsberg, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Andy Warhol. Softcover in white stiff paper covers with red and black titling and image of Cohen on front cover. In fine condition. 190 pages. MUSIC/102020. Fine.