San Francisco: The Press in Tuscany Alley, 1978. Wilson, Joyce Lancaster. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 125 of 500 copies, large octavo size, 114 pp., signed by Joyce Lancaster Wilson and Adrian Wilson. Fine. Item #17100567
The Press in Tuscany Alley was one of San Francisco's small private press jewels. Adrian Wilson (1924-1988) was both a book designer and a scholar, authoring "The Design of Books" which is regarded as a classic text on book design. As the New York Times stated in his obituary "Mr. Wilson designed and printed scores of books, and became a mentor to younger men and women eager to learn the printer's craft. His many volumes, while little-known to the general public, are famous among print connoisseurs, and many are collector's items." Per the prospectus, "this edition contains nine poems which were part of Robert Louis Stevenson's projected book of verses for children, but which were omitted from the first edition of 1885 and all subsequent ones. These are taken from a trial printing in 1883 of which only three copies are extant. The volume is enhanced by an Introduction by Janet Adam Smith", and color illustrations by Adrian's wife, Joyce Lancaster Wilson. A heartbreaklingly lovely book, a perfect marriage of Stevenson's wonderful poems for children with Joyce Wilson's charming pictures, designed by the master, Adrian Wilson. ***DESCRIPTION: Original quarter green linen and decorative green paper covered boards printed at The Press, plain endpapers, fore-edge uncut, thirty-six decorative initials and ten illustrations in colour by Joyce Lancaster Wilson; types Centaur and Arrighi, Arches Laid Text paper, large octavo size (10" x 6.75"), pagination: [1-10] 11-114 [1 colophon], limited edition, number 125 of 500 copies, signed by the artist and printer; original six-page prospectus loosely laid in. ***CONDITION: Overall fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners without rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; a hint of a light, stray mark on the back board, else fine; prospecuts is near fine with minimal edgewear, one shallow crease on the last leaf. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply, please inquire for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.