Austin: W. Thomas Taylor, 1993. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 40 copies of the deluxe edition (total edition 340), quarto size, 75 pp. Fine. Item #19050101
Plain Wrapper Press was the imprint of Richard-Gabriel Rummonds, a leading handpress printer during the twentieth century, who printed many fine press editions of well-known authors such as Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino; this bibliography comprises Rummonds' work during the twenty years the Press was in operation. Like Rummonds' fine press publications, this volume, the deluxe edition, is printed with an attention to typography and elegance, a tactile as well as an academic experience.
The Foreword is by Decherd Turner (1922-2002), an ordained Presbyterian minister and an avid book collector who was director of the Bridwell Library in Dallas, Texas, where he built one of the largest collections of fifteenth-century books in the American Southwest.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter white vellum with purple cloth boards, printer's device of the Plain Wrapper Press in black on the spine, burgundy endpapers, title page with same printer's device in burgundy inside a grey rectangle with black ruled borders, text printed in burgundy and black throughout, eight pages of colour photographs of works from the Press at the centre of the book; monotype Dante, Magnani mouldmade paper, quarto size (12" by 8"), pagination: [1-6] 7-74 [1 colophon], one of 40 copies of the deluxe edition (total edition 340), unnumbered.
___CONDITION: Volume is fine overall, with clean boards, straight corners with no rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; light sunning to the front board, else fine.
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