(Kentfield, California: Allen Press, 1959). 395 x 265 mm. (15 1/2 x 10 1/4").  leaves. ONE OF 140 COPIES.
Publisher's illustrated white paper boards, flat spine with lettering in blue. In the (lightly rubbed) original blue slipcase. WITH EIGHT LINOCUTS BY BLAIR HUGHES-STANTON, printed in nine colors. Hughes-Stanton 39; Allen Press Bibliography 23. In virtually mint condition, the white paper boards remarkably clean and bright, the contents immaculate.
This is an unusually fine copy of one of the most colorful books produced by Blair Hughes-Stanton, a handsomely printed edition of Conrad's autobiographical tale of a young man's first—and quite eventful—voyage to the Far East. In the Allen Press Bibliography, press co-founder Lewis Allen says: "For the illustrator, our English friend Blair Hughes-Stanton was the obvious choice. Never one to accomplish art work simply, he came up with eight nine-color engravings involving delicate register problems. Also, to complete a nine-color process within a time-span of one week, we had to develop a plan to do three colors with one impression. All this was necessary because we damp the handmade paper for printing--a highly desirable technique. The engraved illustrations are spectacularly dramatic, enhanced by the beautiful (and tamed) French paper. Directors of the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco gave a special exhibition of those remarkable illustrations." A leading figure in the 20th century revival of wood-engraving in England, Hughes-Stanton (1902-81) studied at the school of Leon Underwood at Hammersmith and had a long and productive career producing sophisticated woodcuts as an avant-garde artist. Although he was encouraged to make his expressive, sometimes even savage, images look more like those of Eric Gill, he resisted and successfully established his unique personal style as an illustrator. From 1930 through 1933, Hughes-Stanton worked for the Gregynog Press in Wales, helping to design text layout, providing woodcut illustrations, and designing bindings. He also illustrated books for the Cresset Press, Golden Cockerel Press, and his own Gemini Press, and taught wood engraving at Saint Martin's School of Art, the Central School of Art and Design, and the Winchester School of Art. In the 1950s, he began working with the Allen Press, and illustrated five books for them, mostly with linocuts, a new medium he was exploring. Founded by Lewis and Dorothy Allen in 1939, the Allen Press operated for more than 40 years, producing limited edition books admired for their luxurious materials, classic types, and impeccable craftsmanship. (ST15816-25)
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