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Private Press & Fine Printing

The tradition of fine printing has been kept alive thanks to the efforts of private presses, who’ve preserved the traditions of fine book production in general, including book illustration and binding. Shapero Rare Books focuses on the leading presses of the late 19th/early 20th century in particular, namely the Kelmscott Press, Doves Press and Ashendene Press, but also buy & sell key special editions by the other renowned presses including Nonesuch and Golden Cockerel.

Contact Angus Robb or Roddy Newlands for more information about private press & fine printing at Shapero Rare Books.

 

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  1. First edition, number 9 of 100 specially bound copies, from an overall limitation of 750; folio (310 x 190 mm.); printed in dark green throughout, wood-engraved frontispiece, title vignette, 6 chapter headings and device, all by John Buckland-Wright, one full-page map of the east coast of Australia; full green morocco, gilt, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, top edge gilt, others uncut, spine very slightly lightened, but otherwise an excellent copy; housed in original cloth slip-case, lightly marked.

    £1,650
  2. number 493 of 525 copies, this one of the special copies bound in full morocco, inscribed presentation copy from the author/artist; folio; printed in black, red & blue, pictorial half-title, frontispiece, additional pictorial title, letterpress title with vignette device, black & white illustrations throughout, including full-page, gilt pictorial endpapers, bookseller's small sticker to verso of front free endpaper; original full blue morocco, gilt rule edged, gilt silhouette design to upper cover, spine lettered in gilt, spine very slightly dulled, but really a fine example, gilt edges, marbled board slip-case.

    £500
  3. Limited editions, the Apocrypha number 1024 of 1250, the others one of 1,000 unnumbered copies; 5 vols; copper engraved pictorial titles, head and tailpieces by Stephen Gooden, tissue guards, faint spotting to endpapers, otherwise fine; publisher's decorated boards, faint spotting to upper cover (vol. III only), slight bumping to corners and spine extremities, toned, otherwise very good.

    £450
  4. Number 60 of 150 copies signed by the artist; 8vo; German language printed in black letter, 15 original etchings by Hubert Sommerauer; publisher's black textured leather binding lettered in gilt, original blue board slip-case, an excellent copy.

    £400
  5. 4 vols, presentation dedication from Francis Meynell on front free endpaper of the Comedies; 8vo; woodcut title vignettes, pictorial dedications and part-title devices by Reynolds Stone, Shakespeare portrait by Leonard Beaumont; publisher's buckram-backed marbled boards, a fine set, in the original card slip-case, slightly worn.

    £300
  6. First edition, number 14 of 350 copies signed by Anthony Kerrigan, Diarmaid Ó Súilleabháin and Bernard Childs; large 8vo (245 x 160 mm.); printed in black & brown, 8 illustrations by Bernard Childs; publisher's leather-backed green boards in matching board slip-case with printed title label, a very good copy.

    £225
  7. Number 78 of 111 signed copies for presentation; small 4to; signed by Hecht on the colophon; original limp vellum by the American Book Bindery, some rippling, overall very good, original slip-case, slightly toned and rubbed; [4], 111, [1] pp.

    £425
  8. Limited to 300 numbered copies on Batchelor hand-made paper, large 4to., title printed in red and black, marginal notes printed in red, 12 full-page etchings and watermark by Elizabeth Corsellis, original quarter blue morocco over tan cloth by Zaehnsdorf, a tad rubbed on spine and corners, otherwise near-fine.

    £600
  9. Limited to 215 copies, this copy unnumbered; 4to, (310 x 310 mm); printed on J. Barcham Green's handmade paper, 32 coloured pochoir plates and illustrations by Paul Nash; publisher's vellum from a design by Paul Nash by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, with brown morocco onlays and gilt-blocked quincunx on boards, gilt edges, original fleece-lined buckram slipcase.

    £7,800
  10. First edition; 4to; colour illustrations throughout; publisher's patterned wrappers, a fine copy.

    £225
 

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