THE SUBTYL HISTORYES AND FABLES.

(San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1930). 241 x 165 mm. (9 1/2 x 6 1/2"). 4 p.l., 167, [1] (colophon) pp.Translated out of Frensshe in to Englysshe by William Caxton at Westmynstre in the yere of oure Lorde MCCCCLXXXIII. No. 109 OF 200 COPIES, 175 for sale.

Original reddish-brown morocco, raised bands, spine with titling and date in gilt, fore and tail edges untrimmed. Decorative and historiated initials as well as seven illustrations (including title page) by Valenti Angelo, paragraph marks and illustrations colored in blue, red, yellow, or gold by his hand, with later color enhancements to initials by a previous owner. Printed in red and black. Heller & Magee 142. Spine uniformly sunned to light brown, boards slightly marked and soiled, small traces of residue from leather preservative, but the binding unworn and very lustrous, and a fine copy internally--unusually clean, fresh, and bright.

This is a typical production of the well-respected Grabhorn Press--an unpretentious but attractive (and award-winning) edition of a significant text, printed on excellent paper and with pleasing decorations. And our copy is special because it includes Valenti Angelo's original drawing for the title page. Edwin and Robert Grabhorn founded the press bearing their name in Indianapolis in 1915 and then moved to San Francisco in 1919 or 1920. They worked together for 50 years, until the death of Edwin, at which time Robert formed a partnership with Andrew Hoyem to continue the firm's work. As Feather observes, "The typography and illustration of Grabhorn books was often experimental, frequently exciting, and usually successful," and their publications were often listed among the 50 best-designed books of the year by the AIGA design association. Printed in Koch's Bibel Gotisch type on unbleached Arnold paper, "Fables" was among the works that received this honor.
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