Greenbrae, California: The Allen Press, 1981. Dean, Mallette. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 140 copies, folio size, approx.  pp., with original prospectus and an exhibition announcement from the press. Fine. Item #CNBR115
The forty-sixth limited edition from The Allen Press, and a summation of forty-two years of the press's endeavors. "It contains all necessary bibliographical details on each title; also it is the history of a traditional private press and the philosophy regarding it." In sum it is the autobiography of Lewis and Dorothy Allen's lives as printers, and printing in both California and France. Though this was not the last book produced by The Allen Press, it was the last printed on the Columbian handpress, after which the smaller Albion handpress was used. As stated by Lewis Allen in the bibliography: "Our primary hope is that this Bibliography truthfully and accurately mirrors our pleasurable quotidian chore during the many years of devotion to the 'Black Art'."___DESCRIPTION: Quarter tan cloth imported from Paris, vermilion and beige classic hand-blocked (in Venice) Fortuny fabric covered boards, backstrip with title stamped in vermilion, fore- and tail-edges uncut, text printed in black, vermilion, blue and green, over eighty specimens of art work from the books and ephemera, many hand-coloured, with five or six four-page sheets sewn in; Romanee type from the Enschede Foundry in Holland, originally used for Tolstoy's "What Men Live By", Barcham Green paper which was handmade and watermarked to the press's specifications, folio size (14.25" by 9 7/8"), approx.  pp. Housed in a plain matching tan cloth slipcase, with original prospectus and an exhibition announcement from the press loosely laid in.___CONDITION: A fine copy, like new, the binding clean and unrubbed, the text block tight and square with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; perfect, as new from the press. The slipcase is overall fine, we note a stray imperfection or two in the cloth fabric which is likely part of the production process, and a single light mark which is barely visible, strong and sturdy; the prospectus and announcement both as new, no unintended folds and free of wear. A stunning production from a preeminent fine press printer, capturing the essence of their years of work producing some of the loveliest fine press books to be found.___CITATION: The Allen Press Bibliography, no. 46.___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard shipping charge does not always cover costs; 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.