The Nonesuch Century:
An Appraisal, a Personal Note and a Bibliography of the first hundred books issued by the Press, 1923-1934.
London, The Nonesuch Press, 1936
'As a piece of typographical design, The Nonesuch Century was highly original and extremely successful. Francis [Meynell] realized that reproductions of finely printed pages cannot convey either the feel of a carefully chosen paper or the quality of the impression originally made upon it by a skilful printer. He therefore decided to reset a great many text and title-pages (as well as a few book jackets) and to have them reprinted by their original printers, using the same paper, the same colours, and the identical processes (letterpress, offset, collotype, intaglio engraving or hand colouring) which had been used when the books were first produced' (Dreyfus, p96).
Limited edition, number 29 of 750 copies; folio; 6 photogravure plates of bindings, 44 tipped-in specimen leaves mounted on dark grey paper, 25 of these bifolia and many coloured, 52 pages reproducing illustrative text and title pages, and 3 pages of printer's devices; original green cloth, black morocco spine label with gilt lettering, spine faded to brown, fore-edge uncut, light spotting to endpapers.
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