(London: [Printed in Wales by Gwasg Gregynog for] The Land Press, 1988). 290 x 215 mm. (11 1/2 x 8 1/2"). 146,  pp. ONE OF 140 COPIES (this copy unnumbered).
SOFT BLACK CALF BY JEN LINDSAY (signed in colophon) DESIGNED TO RESEMBLE A SOLDIER'S AMMUNITION POUCH, upper cover stamped with oval containing the letters "U S," two strap closures, smooth spine with stitching, black calf endleaves. In a black linen pouch. With 11 collotypes reproducing Civil War photographs by Gardner, Sullivan, and others from the Library of Congress collection. In mint condition.
This powerful novel of courage and cowardice in the American Civil War is offered here in a beautifully printed private press edition with wrenching photographs of actual battle scenes, in a binding by a leading contemporary binder. Described by its author as "a psychological portrayal of fear," "Red Badge of Courage" stands out for its sensitive portrayal of a soldier's reaction to the horrors of war. The contemporary photographs chosen for this edition are some of the earliest such documentation of the grim realities of battles and their aftermath. The publisher asked four binders--Angela James, Jen Lindsay, Denise Lubett, and Romilly Saumarez Smith--to design bindings for the work. Lindsay here seeks to evoke the ammunition pouches used by sodiers on both sides of the conflict, noting, "War has less to do with abstract terms such as 'glory' than with the more urgent reality of whether or not you have a pair of boots, a blanket, food, a rifle, an ammunition pouch . . . It is the unadorned, functional simplicity of the commonplace accoutrements of war, and the patina left by the hands that once held them, that suffuses them with a poignant beauty." Lindsay studied binding at the Camberwell School of Art and Crafts in London, and has worked as a freelance bookbinder while teaching and writing on bookbinding and the history of the book. (ST14377a)
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PJP Catalog: NY18BF.021