GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS. ; KEATS John (1947.)
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Illustrated with 56 wood-engravings by John Buckland-Wright. One of 100 copies bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in full vellum with a gilt design on each cover, of a total edition of 500. Signed by the artist. Folio, t.e.g., others uncut. Original Slipcase.
With the usual foxing to a couple of leaves, otherwise a fine copy. Described by Cave & Manson in their History of the Golden Cockerel Press as "the most important Cockerel of its time, and Buckland-Wright's greatest book", "produced in the old way, through long and painstaking co-operation between a perfectionist artist and a highlly skilled pressman of the old school - and a publisher who would pick up the bills to allow them to do so." Cave and Manson also explore how Buckland-Wright came to master the art of making blocks to print on the handmade paper favoured by the Golden Cockerel Press. He was originally from New Zealand, trained in Paris and worked in Holland, and was initially very hostile to what he called "the snobbery of rough handmade paper, a snobbery initiated by that archaeologist William Morris and continued by the supposed collectors"." By working closely with the Chiswick Press and the pressman Solly his fears were conquered and he concluded "Really this printer is SUPERB - all my favourite blocks came out like gems."
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