THE SONNETS.

(Birmingham: Birmingham Guild of Handicraft Press, 1895). 222 x 178 mm. (8 3/4 x 7"). 2 p.l., cliv, [i] pp. ONE OF 500 COPIES (and 50 Large Paper Copies).

Pleasing rich brown morocco in the Arts & Crafts style by Winifred Turner (signed by her and dated 1930 in a very neat calligraphic hand on front flyleaf), covers divided into geometric compartments by blind and gilt rules, at center a lozenge filled with entwined gilt roses, raised bands, spine compartments ruled in gilt and blind, linen pastedowns framed by gilt beading, top edge gilt. With woodcut white vine initials, some with extensions, 12 half borders, and two three-quarter borders, all by Ernest G. Treglown, engraved on wood by Charles Carr. Tomkinson, p. 186. Spine lightly sunned, a little soiling to lower cover (neither trivial nor serious), title page a bit foxed, other insignificant imperfections internally, but an excellent copy, the text clean, and the lustrous binding essentially unworn.

This is an appealing product of the Arts & Crafts movement, printed by an organization founded to provide craft classes for boys from the Birmingham slums, and bound by a woman who was clearly influenced by Cockerell and Cobden-Sanderson. "Sonnets" is the second of four books Tomkinson mentions as products of the Press of the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, which was founded in 1894 with the aim of improving commercial printing. Its manager and director, C. Napier Clavering, received guidance and advice from the eminent printer and typographer Emery Walker, who had been instrumental in the work of the Kelmscott, Ashendene, and Doves Presses. We were unable to find any further record in the marketplace of the bindings of Winifred Turner, which is a shame because the present piece of work is very pleasing, having been done with imagination and considerable care.
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Keywords: Private Press

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PJP Catalog: 80.050

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