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(Stratford-upon-Avon: At the Shakespeare Head, 1922). 190 x 135 mm. (7 1/2 x 5 1/2"). 1 p.l. (blank), 3-32 pp. ONE OF 325 COPIES.
FINE MODERN BLIND-STAMPED DARK GREEN CRUSHED MOROCCO BY ANN THORNTON (stamped with her gilt monogram on rear pastedown), covers divided diagonally into four quadrants, each containing a leafy branch on a pebbled background, smooth spine with vertical gilt titling, blue paste-paper endpapers and rice paper flyleaves, all edges gilt. In a sturdy slipcase covered with handmade paper. Initials and titles printed in blue. Ransom, p. 11. A PRISTINE COPY.
Offered here in an immaculate Designer binding, this is an attractively printed selection of 25 beloved sonnets from the press founded to produce a complete edition of Shakespeare's works in the Bard's hometown. Established by A. H. Bullen in 1904, the Shakespeare Head Press was acquired by Oxford book dealer Basil Blackwell after Bullen's death in 1920, and operated by printer and typographer Bernard Newdigate, under whose direction it "began to produce finely printed and designed books in the private press tradition." (Oxford Companion to the Book) Binder Ann Thornton was elected a licentiate of Designer Bookbinders in 1992 and a Fellow in 1995. She prefers traditional methods and materials for her work, which is represented in the British Library, the Royal Library of Copenhagen, and many private collections. (ST15116)