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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 edtion, number 17 of 20 hors commerce, out of total of 160 copies, 4 vols; 4to (31.5 x 26.5 cm). 276 pp.; 272 pp. with 15 colour plates, including frontispiece, and 15 chapter heading vignette illustrations and initials, all cut in wood and printed in colour by F. L. Schmied with 15 supplementary plates not called for in index and two extra suites of all the illustrations, one in colour, one in monochrome; original wrappers protected by chemises and slipcase; slipcase slightly rubbed, with one joint starting to split.

    £9,500
  2. Limited edition, number 228 of 750; 4 vols; 8vo; preface by Humbert Wolfe, coloured frontispieces by Albert Rutherston, publisher's gilt-lettered full vellum, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, a fine set.

    £220
  3. Limited to 525 copies signed by the Author; tall 4to; black & white plates and illustrations by Flint, page headings printed in red, first capital of each paragraph in blue; publisher's half morocco over white cloth with silhouette decoration, original slip-case, near-fine.

    £350
  4. First edition, number 22 of 415 copies on arches paper; folio (39 x 52 cm); half-title, title, [4] pp. introduction, index, 12 colour pochoir plates; two small defects to blank margin of last plate; contemporary half vellum, title in black and red and vignette painted on spine, upper wrapper bound in; slightly rubbed, lower margin of wrapper slightly cut.

    £7,500
  5. First edition, one of only 125 sets; folio (47 x 33 cm); 16 colour pochoir plates by Jean Saudé under the supervision of Severini, some heightened with gold; original printed boards, original slipcase; spine darkened, slipcase stained.

    £25,000
  6. Limited edition number 315 of 500, tall 8vo., 61, (1) pp., with Foreword and Commentary by H. S. Ede, publisher's quarter blue morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, spine in compartments with raised bands, gilt lettering direct, top edge gilt, others uncut, some spotting, mostly to fore-edge, head of last few pages and a few to cloth of rear cover, otherwise good.

    £350
  7. Limited edition of 200 sets, this one not numbered, 16mo. 155 by 110mm (6 by 4¼ inches), 39 volumes, engraved illustrated title-pages, frontispieces, half-title vignettes and further full-page plates by Byam Shaw, printed on 'Japanese vellum'*, publisher's vellum-backed cream buckram gilt, spines age toned (some more than others), occasional marks and light surface soiling to buckram, internally toned but very clean indeed, a few pages still unopened, in all a very good and highly attractive set of this illusive edition.
    * Vellum: a type of smooth paper.

    £1,900
  8. Limited edition, 8vo, one of 350 copies. Translated by Walter Widmer; 5 coloured woodcuts by Felix Hoffmann; typography by Jan Tschichold. Original vellum, gilt. A lovely copy in the original orange card slipcase.

    £200
  9. Limited to 450 copies, of which this number 262; 5 vols, 4to (298 x 210 mm, 11¾ x 8¼ in); 2 woodcut frontispieces, 3 woodcut title-page borders, woodcut dedication leaf, 48 full-page woodcut illustrations, paper with Shakespeare Head watermarks, light scattered spotting and browning at extremities; red half morocco, spines gilt-lettered, light spotting to boards, otherwise very good.

    £1,600
  10. one of 200 copies on paper; small 4to ( 240 x 170 mm); printed in red & black, near-fine; original limp vellum by the Doves Bindery (stamp to rear endpaper), spine titled in gilt, uncut, mild spotting to fore-edges , vellum toned and warped (as usual), otherwise a very good copy of this rare edition.

    £2,750
 

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