San Francisco: Greenwood Press, 1948. Fabelli, Mary. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 100 copies, elephant folio size,  pp., with original dust jacket. Near fine / good. Item #CNBSB01
Eric Gill (1882-1940) needs no introduction, and as we all know, believed passionately in peace as a rightousness which all reasonable people ought to pursue, for the good of humanity. Offered here is a printing of an address Eric Gill gave on the necessity for peace, which he made on November 11 (Armistice Day) of 1936, at Kingsway Hall, London.
This printing by the highly regarded San Francisco-based Greenwood Press, which was run by the incomparable Jack Stauffacher (1920-2017), designed by Jack and his close friend and fellow master printer, Adrian Wilson (The Press in Tuscany Alley). With two illustrations by Mary Fabilli (1914-2011), a San Francisco artist and poet, who at one point was married to William Everson ("Brother Antoninus"). Selected for the Western Books Exhibition of the Rounce & Coffin Club.
Working on this project together was a seminal experience for Jack Stauffacher and Adrian Wilson, to the extent that, when Jack printed a keepsake to commemorate the passing of Adrian, the entire last page was devoted to this book: "There are certain Books I have been associated with that are essential to my developemnt in the bookmaking craft. I'm thinking of a Book that Adrian and I did together in 1948, 'And Who Wants Peace?' by Eric Gill. This was such an important collaboration, & when I think of Adrian during those times, there is recalled images of a singular creative energy as we sharpened our eyes and hands..." ("Adrian Wilson 1923-1988", printed by Jack W. Stauffacher of The Greenwood Press, 1988).
One of only 100 copies printed, and per OCLC, there are thirty-four in libraries. Auction records indicate a copy coming on the auction market approximately once every ten to twenty years; no copies online as of this writing, hence relatively scarce in the marketplace.
___DESCRIPTION: Green paper over boards with a tan linen shelfback, white paper label with red lettering and ornament, surrounded by narrow black ruled border, on the front board, first page of text serves as title page with author and title in red, one illustration by Mary Fabilli opens the address, a second small illustration at the colophone which is in red; handset in Eric Gill's Perpetua type, on Tovil handmade paper, elephant folio size (16" by 10.5"), unpaginated with  pages. With the original plain paper dust wrapper.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some sunning to the top of the boards and a very light damp-stain, also at the top of the boards (not affecting the interior), offsetting to the free endpapers from the dust wrapper, and a bit of light rubbing to the bottom edges of the boards near the corners. The dust wrapper is good only; entirely present but with considerable edgewear, tears and chips along the spine, one flap almost detached, and some pieces of cello tape on the verso by a prior owner. Overall, a wonderful example of a scarce Gill/Greenwood Press item in the original wrapper.
___CITATION: Greenwood Press Bibliography, p. 249.
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