(Risbury, Herefordshire): The Whittington Press, 1999. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 44 of 65 deluxe copies, folio size, in a clamshell box, 102 pp. Fine. Item #CNJL055
Paper - and its importance in fine printing. This work explores the many papers commissioned and used by the Oxford University Press, which played an important part in the typographical revival of the 1920s. "Over the years the Press accumulated an impressive supply of vintage hand-made and mould-made papers in pristine condition, vigilantly preserved until 1986, when the Press was phasing out its letterpress facilities and reallocated the warehouse space for other purposes" (from the book's Introduction).
The paper eventually came into possession of The Whittington Press, who decided "to publish a complete historical account of the collection, accompanied with forty original specimens to show the physical characteristics and the identifying features of fine papers used at Oxford between 1900 and 1970".
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in half-leather over laid paper boards, both a light teal, fore- and bottom edges uncut, light tan laid paper endpapers, title page in brown and black, one page of vintage black and white photographs bound in with pictures of watermarks on the verso, text is followed by specimens tipped onto thick black laid paper; folio size (approximately 14.75" tall), pagination: (i-x), (1)-85, blank (86), colophon page (87), five blank pages (88-92), followed by 42 leaves containing 40 specimens, set in Centaur type, printed on Zerkall mould-made paper and half-bound with Fabriano Roma paper; limited edition of 300 total, 65 bound in half-leather and with a separate portfolio of whole sheets of papers, this copy xliv of the 65. The separate portfolio has boards covered in dark green paper, a green linen back, lined with tan paper matching the book's endpapers, and contains 25 sheets of specimens with the numbers noted on the front pastedown. The box containing both the book and the separate portfolio is covered in green linen and lined with the dark green paper, teal leather spine with silver lettering.
___CONDITION: Volume is fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; the separate portfolio and its specimens is also fine; the box containing both is fine other than a tiny bit of rubbing to the corners and some very light scuff marks to the interior paper lining.
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