The Nonesuch Century.
NONESUCH PRESS (1936)
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Edited by A.J.A. Symons, Desmond Flower and Francis Meynell. Many illustrations after Paul Nash, McKnight Kauffer, George Grosz, Stephen Gooden, William Blake and Blair Hughes-Stanton. One of 750 copies. Small folio, original green cloth with black printed paper label on the spine. Dust jacket. Uncut. London, The Nonesuch Press.
A fine copy in a really fresh and clean dust jacket, with one short closed tear at the foot of the spine, another 10mm one at the upper edge of the front panel, and minute wear at the corners. Published to commemorate the first hundred books produced at the Nonesuch Press, this is a beautiful and handy conspectus of Francis Meynell's achievement at the Nonesuch: as William Peterson later noted "it is the sheer versatility and inventiveness of the designer that astonishes". The illustrations are tipped in at the end on charcoal paper, and include a selection of title-pages, reset especially for the printing of this book, which was a major enterprise, largely responsible for the book over running its timetable by a year. The book was justifiably a success, leading Meynell to write that "My size in hats is as large now as my size in purse is small".
Stock Code: 227827