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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. Limited edition, one of 260 copies on handmade paper, from a total edition of 280; folio; printed in red and black, 3-line initials beginning each chapter by Graily Hewitt, printed marginalia, scattered light finger-soiling to margins, otherwise text clean and bright; original white pigskin by W.H. Smith & Son (gilt stamp to inner dentelle), gilt lettering to spine, light soiling to boards, overall an excellent example.

    £4,850
  2. Limited edition, number 65 or 75 specially bound copies with drawings by J. Yunge Bateman, with an additional suite of 14 plates (3 not printed in the book), from an overall edition of 200 copies; lge. 4to (320 x 200 mm); frontispiece, title vignette and 10 illustrations by Bateman, tan morocco by Mansell, boards with gilt design on red morocco oval onlays, gilt lettering and cockerel motifs to spine, top edge gilt, the additional suite of plates in a red cloth folder, with the original, matching slip-case; a fine copy with only some signs of wear to the slip-case.

    £2,800
  3. Limited edition, number 923 of 1050 copies, from a total edition of 1550; 12mo; text in Latin and English, engraved title page and 2 headpieces by Stephen Gooden, slight offsetting; original brown cloth over bevelled boards, gilt lettering to spine, spine slightly darkened, top edge gilt, with the original marbled slipcase, light wear to extremities; a very good copy indeed.

    £60
  4. Limited edition, number 11 of 50 copies numbered by hand, from a total edition of 150; large 4to; title page with wood-engraved figurative initial, publisher's device printed in red, 32 wood-engravings each on a separate page; original cream cloth, upper cover slightly marked, slight offsetting to endpapers, edges uncut, a very good copy.

    £2,250
  5. Limited edition, number 117 of 1050 copies on Dutch rag paper; large 8vo; portrait on title page reproduced from an engraving, manuscript page written in French tipped in, occasional slight browning to fore-edge; original brown cloth over bevelled boards, red title label with gilt lettering, endpapers browned, overall a very good copy.

    £50
  6. First edition, first impression; oblong 4to; 22 full-page colour plates by Elinor Darwin, light toning to leaves, very occasional creasing; original brown pictorial boards printed in red, red blindstamped roundel to front cover, light wear to spine ends, corners slightly rubbed, some marks to boards, otherwise a very good copy.

    £225
  7. Limited edition, an out of series copy from an edition of 750 numbered copies; 8vo; publisher's device to title, slight toning to leaves; publisher's green cloth gilt, gilt lettering to spine, top edge gilt, with the dust jacket, top edge slightly frayed, spine slightly faded, otherwise a very good copy.

    £150
  8. Limited edition, number 621 of 780 copies for sale, from a total edition of 850; 8vo; title within red border, unmarked internally; original cream cloth-backed boards, gilt lettering to spine, spine slightly darkened, corners slightly rubbed, edges uncut, brown endpapers, overall a very good copy.

    £50
  9. Limited edition, number 578 of 1800 copies on Arches; 8vo; coloured frontispiece, light foxing to prelims and edges; black cloth-backed marbled boards, gilt lettering to spine, light rubbing to extremities, edges uncut and unopened, endpapers browned, overall a very good copy.

    £65
  10. Limited edition, number 75 of 1600 copies; 8vo; small device to title, light toning to leaves; original buckram-backed yellow cloth boards, black leather spine label with gilt lettering, light offsetting to endpapers, edges uncut, in the original printed dust jacket, slightly marked, overall a very good copy.

    £125
 

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