[San Francisco]: [Printed by John Henry Nash "for his friends"], . Coyle, Ray F. Limited Edition. Sewn binding. No. 112 of 200 copies, folio size,  pp. Very good +. Item #18052202
John Henry Nash (1871-1947) was one of the pre-eminent printers in the early part of the 20th century, printing high-quality editions at his printshop in San Francisco. He quickly gained a reputation for exceptional precision and attention to detail from his earliest years as a printer, when he was in complete charge of design and production for Paul Elder under the Tomoye Press imprint, and later formed a part of the firm Taylor, Nash and Taylor.
Nash opened his own establishment in 1916, this work being the tenth printed under his own imprint per the O'Day Bibliography. Although Nash would go on to print several later versions of the "Sermon", this one, issued in wraps in 1917, is exceedingly scarce in the marketplace; there are none online as of this writing and auction records only show only one copy of the 1917 printing (OCLC does indicate approximately twenty copies with institutions).
In true Nash style, each page is highly ornate with wide decorated borders, the work opens with an illustrated frontispiece by Ray F. Coyle (who also decorated Nash's "The Man With the Hoe" the year previous, in 1916), and the caption-title and initial capitals are in red.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in orange wraps, title and decoration in gold on front wrap within ruled border, sewn binding, illustration frontispiece and text within ornamental borders and gold rule design, the frontis and borders by Ray F. Coyle, caption-title, large initials, two lines at the end of the text and the colophon all in red; Caslon Gothic type on Kelmscott paper, folio size (14.25" by 10"), 8 unnumbered pages, one of 200 copies, this number. 112.
___CONDITION: Almost near fine, the wraps with minimal wear, the sewn binding strong, the interior is clean and bright with only a spot or two of light foxing, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some light overall dustiness to the wraps and a bit of edgewear, most noticeably at the tail. Overall a lovely example of a scarce Nash item.
___CITATION: O'Day p. 5.
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