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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. Number XVI of XXV special copies with 4 additional prints and signed by the artist, Patrick Procktor, from an edition limited to 14; 4to (360 x 285 mm); aquatint portrait and 11 plates, some printed in colours, the additional aquatints all numbered & signed in pencil and loose in pocket at end, loose tissue-guards (as published); publisher's black morocco-backed blue-grey morocco, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, upper cover blocked with gilt albatross and ship at sea, spine titled in gilt, uncut, very slight fading to spine, otherwise a fine copy, original marbled board slip-case.

    £2,900
  2. Number 1002 of 1475 copies; 2 vols, 8vo (240 x 150 mm); title-page printed in red & black, 21 colour plates by Edward McKnight Kauffer; tan morocco, gilt lettering, spine in compartments with gilt rulings, gilt tops, paper uncut on fore-edge and tail, in original slipcases, a fine copy; [4], ix, [1], 502, [6]; [8], vi, 549, [7].

    £650
  3. 3 vols, 8vo; 105 reproductions of woodcuts after Bernard Salomon; original green cloth gilt with original clear wrappers, a fine set.

    £150
  4. One of circa 300 copies; 8vo; 8 pages including conjugate blanck; unsewn as issued in original brown wrappers lettered in black, green cloth slipcase, a fine copy.

    £160
  5. One of 200 copies on paper, presentation copy from Cobden-Sanderson; small 4to; printed in red & black; original limp vellum lettered in gilt to spine, a fine example.

    £2,000
  6. One of 300 copies on paper, this one of 200 for distribution outside Italy; small folio (265 x 175 mm); printed on Pescia paper in red & black; original morocco-backed patterned cloth, gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, original plastic dust-jacket and cloth slip-case, a fine copy.

    £700
  7. First edition, one of 150 copies only; large 8vo (268 x 175 mm.); 5 plates by Charles Ricketts, internally very good; original burgundy morocco, elaborately ruled & blocked in gilt to a design by Ricketts, with his monogram to the foot of upper & lower panel, a little rubbed at spine-ends, but really an exceptional copy, top edge gilt, others uncut.

    £950
  8. Two vols, each one of 300 copies on paper; small 4to; printed in red & black, near-fine; original limp vellum by the Doves Bindery, spines titled in gilt, uncut, mild spotting to fore-edges , vellum toned (as usual), otherwise a very good set of this rare publication.

    £6,500
  9. One of 300 copies; folio; printed in red & black King's fount throughout, partly unopened, light browning to free endpapers; original holland-backed powder blue boards, printed title label to upper cover, a very good copy.

    £380
  10. [One of 500 copies]; 8vo; printed in Golden type throughout with numbers printed in red, elaborate wood-engraved title-page and facing page with border & initial, further woodcut initials and border decorations, internally a fine copy; original limp vellum, lacking the actual ties, but otherwise a fine example, in the original gilt-lettered board slip-case; housed in later morocco-backed cockerel papered board solander.

    £3,000
 

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