Kentfield, California: The Allen Press, 1956. Hughes-Stanton, Blair. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 200 copies, quarto size, 94 pp. Near fine / very good +. Item #CNBR148
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) and his friend Wilkie Collins (1824-1889), English novelist and playwright who wrote "The Moonstone", considered by many to be the first modern English detective novel, jointly wrote "The Wreck of the Golden Mary", a suspense novel that tells of a voyage from Liverpool to San Francisco during the California Gold Rush. A departure from Dickens's earlier work, which created rich and detailed portraits of life in Victorian England, this novel focuses on characters dealing with the calamity of a shipwreck on their way to search for gold in California. Included also are wood engravings by English printmaker Blair Hughes-Stanton (1902-1981), a significant figure in the English wood engraving revival during the twentieth century who worked for the Gregynog Press and the Golden Cockerel Press, and later founded the Gemini Press; he printed the work of notable authors such as John Milton, D.H. Lawrence, and Samuel Butler. The intricate wood engravings included in this book add a visceral palpability to the story, in keeping with Hughes-Stanton's revolutionary style.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter pink paper with marbled paper boards, white lettering on the spine, fore- and bottom edges rough cut, title page in black and green with large xylographic 'by' engraved by Mallette Dean, seven wood engraved headpieces by Blair Hughes-Stanton; Bulmer type, handmade Japanese vellum paper, quarto size (10.5" by 7.25"); pagination: [i-iv] 1-90, one of 200 copies, unnumbered, loosely laid in is the original prospectus in black and green describing the book; with original publisher's acetate jacket.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some rubbing on the top and bottom edges of the boards, slight toning to the interior pages, slightly faded spine. Overall, a lovely copy. Prospectus is near fine with some creasing; original publisher's acetate jacket is better than very good, with a couple of short closed tears, a small chip, and light overall scuffing.
___CITATION: Allen Press Bibliography, pp. 43-44.
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