London, Golden Cockerel Press, 1942. Small folio. 192 +  pp. Text printed in double columns. Commentary and note by Randolph Hughes. With 7 wood engravings by Reynolds Stone.
No 344 of a total edition of just 350 copies. Publisher’s half faux vellum, two edges uncut, gilt emblem to front cover, a variant not recorded in the colophon which states that 30 copies were bound in full white morocco and the rest in canvas.
Very slight / faint traces of glue where the paper edge meets the vellum in lower part of front cover. Very fine.
Colophon: ”Printed by Christopher Sandford and Owen Rutter at the Golden Cockerel Press, Rolls Passage, London, E.C.4, in Poliphilus type - an Aldine fount of the period which the Chronicle portrays - on specially water-marked Golden Cockerel paper made by Arnold & Foster. Preparation of the Edition was begun in January 1940, and finished in October, 1942. 350 copies have been printed and the type has been distributed. Nos. 1-30 are full-bound in white morocco, and include a facsimile reproduction of the manuscript of one chapter of the text. Nos. 31-350 are bound in canvas”.
The Golden Cockerel Press, ”one of the outstanding private presses of the 20th century”, was an English fine press operating between 1920 and 1961, and famous for beautiful handmade limited editions of classic works, hand-set and printed on handmade paper or even vellum. A major feature of Golden Cockerel books was the original illustrations, usually wood engravings, contributed by, among others, Eric Gill, Robert Gibbings, John Buckland Wright, Blair Hughes-Stanton, Agnes Miller Parker, David Jones, Mark Severin, Dorothea Braby, Lettice Sandford, Gwenda Morgan, and Eric Ravilious.
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