(Kentfield: The Allen Press, 1956). 267 x 181 mm. (10 1/2 x 7 1/8"). 90 pp. ONE OF 200 COPIES.
Publisher's handmade gray marbled paper backed with salmon pink paper, flat spine with white titling. With seven wood engravings by Hughes-Stanton. Title and headline printed in surf-green. Front pastedown with ex-libris of Richard and Miriam Rosenberg Sica. Allen Press Bibliography 19. Spine somewhat sunned, but an immaculate copy internally, in an unworn binding.
Renowned authors and melodramatic text, and the subtlety of figurative engravings combine to make this an unusually interesting production, the Allens declare in their bibliography, and we cannot improve on this verdict. The press founded by Lewis and Dorothy Allen in 1939 concentrated on printing works related to their native California, and this little-known novella about a suspenseful voyage from Liverpool to San Francisco, written jointly by friends Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, fit the bill perfectly. The Allens asked preeminent wood engraver Blair Hughes-Stanton, best known for his work with the Gregynog and Golden Cockerel Presses, to provide the illustrations. They note that "the intricacy of his work, crisply delicate lines combined with solid black areas, was a challenge for the printer," and it is one they met beautifully. (ST12683-070)
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