[Monmouthshire]: The Old Stile Press, 2001. Hicks-Jenkins, Clive. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 34 of 300 copies, oblong quarto,  pp., signed by Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Fine. Item #CNJL1577
Richard Barnfield (1574-1620) was an English poet, probably best known for his association with William Shakespeare. These twenty sonnets were published in 1595, a year later than "The Affectionate Shepheard", for which the author enjoyed some popularity during the later 1590s. His work is less well-known than that of his contemporaries, though powerful in its musicality and clarity. For this edition contemporary Welsh artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins has illustrated the text in two-colour linocuts, mostly figural, evoking the male form.
___DESCRIPTION: Original boards covered in blue paper illustrated by the artist, lettering in silver on backstrip, top-edge stained dark-blue, fore-edge uncut, endpapers with patterned decoration by the artist, two-colour illustrations throughout (both full-page and vignette; Perpetua type, Somerset paper, oblong quarto size (9" by 11.5"), unpaginated  pp., limited edition, this number 34 of 300 copies, signed by the artist. Housed in a green cloth publisher's slipcase, blocked with an enlargement of the poet's signature and has a 'spyhole' through which part of the cover can be seen.
___CONDITION: A fine copy, internally bright and free of prior owner markings, corners straight, text block is tight and square, slight bow to upper board appears to have occurred during binding, covers are clean; slipcase is clean and bright with no flaws/rubbing; as new.
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