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Books and Pamphlets from a few Notable Private Presses

Banyan Press: A First List of Books(Banyan Press). A First List of books printed and published by The Banyan Press. Banyan Press (Claude Fredericks and Milton Saul). [New York, later Pawlet, Vermont]: July 1948. ‘Overture to a List of Books’, Foreword by Carl Van Cechten. 8 unnumbered leaves sewn into paper wrappers. 4 3/8 x 6 5/8 inches. One of 2000 copies printed letterpress announcing the publication of books by Stepehn Spender, Gertrude Stein and others. Fine. Also includes a later (undated) prospectus from the same press. $45.00

(Banyan Press). Francis (St. of Assisi): Cantico delle creature. Claude Fredericks. Pawlet: 1957. First edition. Two leaves laid into wrappers with a printed label on the front. 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. Text of poem in Italian on one leaf; translation into English on second. The initial letter on the Italian leaf has been hand applied. Wrappers rather faded and rubbed. $200.00

An exceptional item, and despite its less than ideal condition—it is very fragile—this is a most unusual keepsake from an interesting private press.

[Black Sun Press], Geoffrey Wolff: Black Sun, The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby. Random House. New York: 1976. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. (xiv), 368. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Bibliography. Index. Several leaves at the end stained; else very good copy in dj. $35.00

(Brick Row Book Shop). William Dean Howells: Christmas Every Day. The Brick Row Book Shop. San Francisco: 1986. Illustrated by Zahid Sardar. Printed by Peter Rutledge Koch. Designed by Christopher Stinehour. 16 leaves bound in paper wrappers. 6 x 4 1/8 inches. Fine copy. $8.50

[Castlelaw Press]. Terry Risk: Alex Frizzell, Private Printer. Private Library Association. Pinner: 1975. One issue of The Private Library (Second Series, Volume 8:2, Summer 1975). Includes photographs taken by the author and a checklist of Alex Frizzell's Castlelaw Press. Fine copy. $12.00

Roderick Cave: The Private PressCave, Roderick: The Private Press. R. R. Bowker Company. New York and London: 1983. Second Edition, revised and enlarged. 4to. Cloth. Pp. xvi, 390, (ii). Illustrated. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $45.00

A wide-ranging history which would be of interest to anyone who finds those who still print by letterpress to be not quite so strange afterall.

Cuala Press: A List of Books, Booklets, Hand Coloured Prints and Ballad Sheets. The Cuala Press. Dublin: 1979. 4 leaves stapled into wrappers. About 8 1/2 x 5 5/8 inches. Laid in a printed folder with a hand-colored pressmark on the front. One price corrected in ink. Fine. $40.00

The pressmark on the folder, ‘Lone tree in Irish landscape’, was drawn by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats and first used in 1925. The pressmark on the booklet, ‘Lady Emer and tree’, was engraved by Elinor Monsell and first used in 1907.

(Cuckoo Hill Press). The Cuckoo Hill Press. The Cuckoo Hill Press. Pinner: 1973. One leaf folded twice. 5 x 3 1/2 inches. With a photograph of the printer pasted in and three ex-libris laid in. A press announcement. Fine copy. $12.00

(Cuckoo Hill Press). David Chambers (printer): A Curse Against Book Stealers. Cuckoo Hill Press. Pinner: August 1962. 3 1/2 x 5 3/8 inches. One leaf folded. Outer pages somewhat soiled. (See below.) $35.00

This curse was found in an 11th Century book in Rome. The original Latin text is printed along with an English translation.

(Cuckoo Hill Press). Robert Burns: Four Scottish Poems. Three wood-engravings by Joan Hassall. Pinner: 1986. 6 1/4 x 3 7/8 inches. 4 unnumbered leaves sewn. Limited to 250 copies. $25.00

Joan Hassall cut these wood-engravings for an edition of Burns' work which was published by the Limited Editions Club in 1965. However the engravings were not used. In 1985 they appeared in two publications for the first time, then in this chapbook.

(Dodman Press). Aileen Burford Mason: Impressions of Bethlehem. Dodman Press. Hitchin: 1985. Card folded twice. About 5 x 3 1/4 inches. Printed as a Christmas greeting by Roger Burford Mason who has signed this copy. Fine copy. $8.50

(Dodman Press). Roger Burford Mason: The Christmas Photo. The Dodman Press. Hitchin: 1982. 4 leaves stapled into wrappers. 7 x 4 5/8 inches. Signed by the author. Fine copy. $8.50

Drukkers in de Marge: 10 Jaar Stichting Drukwerk in de Marge. Koninklijke Bibliotheek. Den Haag: 1985. 8 5/8 x 5 7/8 inches. 48 pages stapled into paper covers. Illus. Text in Dutch. Fine copy as issued. $5.00

(Drukkers in de Marge). Ernst Braches (editor): Drukkers in De Marge, Uitgegeven Ter Gelegenheid Van Het Tienjarig Bestaan Van De Stichting Drukwerk in De Marge. Foreword by Rudi Ekkart. Rijksmuseum Meermanno-Westreenianum/Museum van het Boek. Den Haag: 1985. First edition. 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. 160. Illustrated. No dust-jacket, as issued. Fine. A list of some 61 private press printers operating in The Netherlands. Illustrated with photographs of the printers at work. Text in Dutch. $15.00

(Fiddlehead Wood Press). Strike the Viol, Choice Selections from Diverse Authors. Fiddlehead Wood Press. Maryland: 1989. 32 pp. sewn into paper wrappers. 8 1/2 x 6 3/8 inches. Number 44 of 45 copies hand-set and printed by Margaret E. Cawley. With a signed typed letter from her laid in. $12.00

(Fiddlehead Wood Press). Aesop: A Little Green Aesop. Fiddlehead Wood Press. Maryland: 1992. 20 pp. sewn into paper wrappers. 5 x 6 1/2 inches. Number 25 of 55 copies hand-set and printed letterpress. Fine copy. $10.00

Gustave Flaubert: Salambo(Golden Cockerell Press). Gustave Flaubert: Salambo. Translated by E. Powys Mathers. Decorated with engravings on wood by Robert Gibbings. Golden Cockerel Press. Waltham Saint Lawrence: 1931. Small 4to. Buckram-backed patterned boards with leather label on back-strip. Number 334 of 500 copies. Corners worn; bookseller's ad pasted to end-paper. $150.00

Holtzapffel, Charles: Printing Apparatus for the Use of Amateurs. Private Libraries Association. Pinner: 1971. Edited by David Chambers and James Mosley. First edition thus. 8vo. Cloth. As new without dj as issued. $25.00

(In de Bonnefant). Jean Blot: View du Train. In de Bonnefant. Banholt: 1989. Limited private press edition. First edition. 12 leaves sewn and glued into wrappers. Printed on Zerkall paper. Text in French. One of 50 copies (out of a total edition of 58). Issued without a dust-jacket. Fine copy. Wrappers. $20.00

(In de Bonnefant). Hans van Eijk: Fondslijst 1989. In de Bonnefant. Banholt: 1989. 8 pages sewn into paper wrappers. A list of the publications from this press. Text in Dutch. Fine copy as issued. $5.00

(In de Bonnefant). Hans Van De Waarsenburg: The Boathouse at Laugharne. In De Bonnefant. [Banholt]: 1989. Limited private press edition. First edition. Two leaves folded. 8 7/8 x 5 1/2 inches. Limited to 150 copies. Fine copy. $10.00

(In de Bonnefant). Hans Van De Waarsenburg (editor, with an Introduction): Je Zit Aan Tafel. In De Bonnefant. Banholt: 1992. Limited private press edition. First edition. 6 unnumbered leaves sewn into paper covers with an illustrated second jacket folded over. 8 x 5 1/2 inches. Limited to 225 copies printed by Hans van Eijk. Fine copy. $28.00

(In de Bonnefant). Hans Van de Waarsenburg: Sierra Bermeja, drie gedichten voor de schilder Pieter Defesche. In De Bonnefant. Banholt: 1994. Limited private press edition. First edition. 12 pp. sewn into wrappers. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. One of 250 copies signed by the poet and the artist. Fine copy. Wrappers. $28.00

(Kit-Cat Press). Kenneth Hardacre: The Private Press in Hertfordshire, An Address. Kit-Cat Press. Hunton Bridge: November 1969. 7 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches. 8 unnumbered leaves sewn into card covers. Limited to about 140 copies. Fine as issued. $18.00

Kenneth Hardacre, as President of the British Printing Society, gave this talk at the opening on 3 September 1969 of an exhibition organized by Paul Peter Piech which was held at the Central Library, Watford.

(La Murène). Alister Kershaw: Opéra Comique. La Murène (F.-J. Temple). Montpellier: 1979. First edition. Small 8vo. Paper-bound. 14 unnumbered leaves. Number 21 (or 20) of 30 copies. Partially unopened. Near fine copy. $150.00

(Mélissa Press). Richard Aldington: Balls & Another Book for Suppression. Mélissa Press. Draguignan: 1962. First edition thus. 16 pp. sewn into wrappers. Fair condition with some darkening of a portion of the front cover. $35.00

This booklet was, as usual, very badly printed by Count Potocki of Montalk. Aldington was privately scathing about its slip-shod quality and numerous mistakes.

(Mélissa Press). R. T. Risk: Why Potocki?. Typographeum. Francestown: 1981. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Limited to 100 copies. New, as issued without dj. $50.00

The author became fascinated by letterpress printing and those private press printers who still practice it. In 1973 he was working in the south of France and had the opportunity to visit Count Potocki who was living not far away. Further, as events permitted it, he was able to visit again the following summer. This is the story of what took place and how the author became involved in the Potockian drama.

(Mélissa Press). R. T. Risk: Count Potocki of Montalk, Poet, Private Printer, Pamphleteer, Journalist, Pretender to the Throne of Poland, Royalist. Privately Printed. 1974. Single sheet, folded. Illustrated. Fine. $10.00

This is yet another of the curiosities involving Potocki. In 1974 I attempted to set up a reading tour in America, à la Dylan Thomas. It failed, of course, and now all that remains is this brochure.

Potocki at DraguignanPotocki of Montalk, Count Geoffrey Wladislas Vaile: A collection of his letters, manuscripts, printed works and association items. This collection was gathered by Terry Risk who visited Count Potocki in the early 1970s at his home, the Villa Vigoni, in Provence. It includes a number of his printed works, all the letters back and forth, letters (some in photocopy) to other people, magazine articles by or about him, four typed unpublished manuscripts, a block of linotype for one of his cards, a collection of photographs, a number of original legal documents, and one broadside which he always regarded as one of the most significant gestures of his life. A partial list of the items includes: The Blood Royal of England (1966), Dog's Eggs (1971), The Fifth Columnist (1960), Lordly Lovesongs (1931), Meillerie (1972), Prison Poems (1933), Snobbery With Violence (1932), Whited Sepulchres (1936), and Wild Oats (1927). Many of these are in severely limited editions and/or are signed by Potocki. The manuscripts are essentially autobiographical. The letters include those to and from Terry Risk; also to the booksellers David Low and Robin Waterfield. The broadside is The Unconstitutional Crisis, a protest against the Abdication of King Edward VIII. Finally there is a complete set of The Right Review which except for the last two issues belonged to Richard Aldington. This is a very personal collection. It is not by any means a complete one of Potocki's work, but it does have the essential items, many of them from the hands of the man himself or from those who also knew him. Perhaps someone now will find enough in it to be fascinated. $6000.00

Count Potocki of Montalk (1903-97) was an eccentric poet, private press printer, polemicist, ideologue, and the self-proclaimed ‘King of Poland’. He was born in New Zealand but went to Europe in 1926. He lived for many years in England, and then from 1949 at the Villa Vigoni, a ramshackle place near Draguignan in the south of France. In 1932 he became embroiled in a notorious legal case. It had begun when he tried to find someone to print a few poems—including an off-color one—which he hoped to send to his friends for the pagan Feast of Saturnalia (i.e. Christmas). The printer he approached, seeing the nature of the poems, took them to the police. Potocki was arrested, and after a jury trial at the Old Bailey was sentenced to six months in Wormwood Scrubs Prison. His travails provoked a good deal of sympathy in the literary world and eventually funds were provided so he could do his own printing. His most notable achievement may have been The Right Review, an intermittent periodical of opinion, mostly his own. His work on this—and everything else—was remarkably maladroit. He always maintained that if he had had time and money, he could have been one of the world's great printers, but the modest booklets and ephemeral items he left us, with their terrible type-setting, improper inking, and uninspired design, show otherwise.

Oficyna Stanislaw Gliwa: A collection of four ephemeral items. Oficyna Stanislaw Gliwa. London: 1973. Four printed works: (1) A Keepsake to remind you, The Annual Dinner 1973 of Members and Friends of the Chappel at Printers Devil, Fetter Lane, London EC3 on Friday, 7th December 1973, 4 pp. folded: 11 x 8 inches. (2) A corrected proof of the same. (3) Six pressmarks in various sizes, 13 3/4 x 3 1/8 inches. (4) The Artist and His Linocuts, Publisher's Note to the Collection of Linocuts of Tadeusz Piotrowski by S. Gliwa, translated from the Polish by B.G., 4 pp. folded: 14 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches; no date. All in fine condition. $35.00

[Oficyna Stanislawa Gliwy]. Terry Risk: Stanislaw Gliwa, Private Printer. Illustrated with linocuts by Stanislaw Gliwa and four pages of photographs by the author. Private Library Association. Pinner: 1979. One issue of The Private Library, Third Series, volume 2: 1, Spring 1979. Signed by the author. $12.00

Stanislaw Gliwa was born in Krakow, Poland. During World War II he was captured by the Russians and spent years in their prisoner-of-war camps. Eventually he was released with other Poles and joined the Second Polish Corps which fought at Montecassino, Italy. It was there that Gliwa's gifts as an artist were noted, especially his drawings of battle scenes and the portraits of his companions. After the War he spent considerable time preparing a history of his unit. Then he went to live in England where he remained the rest of his life. In 1960 he married Maria, a Polish woman who had suffered at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. They set up a printing press—the Oficyna Stanislawa Gliwy—and over the years produced a series of remarkable small booklets, illustrated with Gliwa's striking linocuts.

(Old-Time Printing). Jane W. Roberts: Miscellany for Cooks & Printers. Old-Time Printing. Fitzwilliam: 1980. Miniature book: about 5 x 3 inches. Spiral-bound. Hand-set in an edition of 120 copies. Fine. $8.50

(Old-Time Printing). Jane W. Roberts: The Modern Little Red Hen. Old-Time Printing. Fitzwilliam: 1978. Miniature book: about 3 3/8 x 2 1/4 inches. 6 leaves stapled into card covers. Fine. $7.50

(Old-Time Printing). Jane W. Roberts: The Tabletop Lever Press, Observations. Old-Time Printing. Fitzwilliam: 1981. Miniature book: 4 x 2 3/4 inches. 6 leaves stapled into card covers, trimmed flush. Fine copy. $7.50.

(Perdix Press). Walter Partridge: A Very Concise History of Printing in Europe, Including an account of the Trial of Francesco Griffo of Bologna who slew his Son-in-Law with an iron bar. Perdix Press. Sutton Mandeville: 1982. 16 pp. sewn into paper wrappers. 6 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches. One of 200 copies. Fine. $12.00

Plain Wrapper Press: A Checklist of Books(Plain Wrapper Press): A checklist of books printed by Richard-Gabriel Rummonds & Alessandro Zanella at the Plain Wrapper Press 1966-1980. With a note on the Press by Kenneth I. Pettitt. Plain Wrapper Press. Verona: 1980. 6 5/8 x 4 5/8 inches. 32 pp. stapled into wrappers. Printed at the Stamperia Valdonega, Verona. Two leaves have a small stain at the bottom, else fine copy as issued. $15.00

(Poet & Printer). Ian Caws: Death of Caedmon. Poet & Printer Press. London: 1970. Printed by Alan Tarling. 2 leaves folded. Fine. $10.00

(Poet & Printer). Alan Dixon and Robert Shaw: A Poetry Society reading by two poets in autumn 1971 introduced by the collaborationist press of Poet & Printer. Poet & Printer. Woodford Green (Essex): 1971. 5 3/4 x 3 7/8 inches. Two unnumbered leaves folded. Includes a poem by each of the poets. Fine copy as issued. $10.00

This is evidently a souvenir (or an announcement) for a poetry reading which took place at the Poetry Society, 21 Earls Court Square, London, on 8 October 1971.

(Pounder, Nicholas). Luis Jorge Borges: Ragnarök, A Story. Translated by Nestor Silva. Nicholas Pounder. Kings Cross: 1990. 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. 8 pages stapled into wrappers. Fine copy. $10.00

(The Private Library). The Private Library. Edited by David Chambers. The Private Libraries Association. Pinner: 1959-2000. 8vo. Wrappers. 151 issues of this magazine, an incomplete run but including: 1 from 1959, 30 from the 1960s, 40 from the 1970s (complete), 39 from the 1980s (the Potocki issue missing), 39 from the 1990s (the Potocki issue also missing), and 2 from the year 2000. Also included are five issues of the Index, separately printed. A fine set. $400.00

This premier magazine on issues relating to books, book collecting, and the private press has articles by Roderick Cave, Frank Broomhead, Ruari McLean and many others. The subjects include The Limited Editions Club, Blake's engravings, the Cuala Press, Viscount Carlow and T. E. Lawrence, and a host of other interesting topics.

The Society of Private Printers: Chap-Books, Fifth Exchange. The Society of Private Printers. [Pinner]: 1982-1986. First edition. 28 sewn booklets from various private press printers, plus an index booklet. 6 1/4 x 3 7/8 inches. Preserved in a cloth slip-case with a printed label on the back-strip. The printers in England, U.S.A., Australia, and Italy include Bullnettle Press, Cuckoo Hill Press, Plough Press, Rocket Press, Septentrio Press, and Typographeum. Fine as issued. $750.00

The Society of Private Printers: An Infant's Library. PLA Society of Private Printers. [Pinner]: 1980. First edition. 30 booklets from various private press printers, plus an index booklet with a wood-engraving by Pam Reuter. 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. Preserved in a mahogany box with a sliding front and the engraving by Pam Reuter on the front. The printers are from England, U.S.A., Netherlands, Australia and Italy, and include Cherub Press, Keepsake Press, Perdix Press, Plough Press, Pump Press, Peter Stockham, and Typographeum. Fine as issued. $750.00

Eric Gill: A CarolSt. Dominic's Press [Douglas Pepler]: Eric Gill (wood-engraving by): A Carol. Ditchling: 1920. Limited private press edition. First edition. Broadside: 11¼ x 5¾ inches (28.5 x14.8 cm). Set in Caslon and printed in black on hand-made paper. Lightly foxed. Broadsheet No. 2 [in a series of 12 or 13]. $85.00

St. Dominic's Press (Douglas Pepler): Eric Gill (wood-engraving by): The Dressmaker. Ditchling: [1920]. Limited private press edition. Broadside: 11 x 6 inches (27.8 x15.3 cm). Set in Caslon type and printed in black on hand-made paper. Lightly foxed. This is Broadside No. 1 [in a series of 12 or 13]. $85.00

(Strawberry Press). Wyndham Lewis: The Role of Line In Art, With Six Drawings to Illustrate the Argument. Edited with an Introduction by Paul W. Nash. The Strawberry Press. Witney: 2007. First edition. Imperial octavo. Cloth. Pp. 40. Illustrated: 12 plates. Number 58 of 150 copies for sale. The drawings were printed by J. W. Northend Ltd. of Sheffield. New copy in slip-case. An additional ten lettered copies, printed on Indian hand-made paper, specially bound in full red morocco, and preserved in a clam-shell box are also available (further details on request). $165.00

Lord Carlow wrote this essay in 1938 for a book he meant to publish at his Corvinus Press, but the book was never completed because the plates and the printed sheets were destroyed by enemy action in May 1941. Only one copy survived, that belonging to Lord Carlow himself. Paul W. Nash is the author of a detailed study and bibliography on the Corvinus Press (Scholar Press. Aldershot: 1994), and his efforts to bring this book into print are commendable. A most beautiful production in every respect!

(Strawberry Press). Paul W. Nash: The Remains of Sherlock Holmes. Strawberry Press. Moreton-in-the-Marsh: 2011. First edition. 8vo. Pictorial boards. Pp. 230, (ii). Illustrated. With an autograph signed compliments slip laid in. Fine copy in fine dust-jacket. $12.00

(Strawberry Press). Paul W. Nash and Justin Howes: Bibliophiles at Oxford, A celebration of fifty years of the Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles, 1951-2000 with descriptive notes on the term cards. ‘Foreword’ by Paul W. Nash. ‘Beginnings’ by Bent Juel-Jensen. ‘Memories of Meetings’ by Giles G. Barber. ‘Bibliophilic Excursions’ by Paul Morgan. Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles. Witney: 2006. First edition. Small 8vo. Cloth. Pp. 224. Illustrated: including a fold-out frontistice in color. Index of Printer and Designers. Index of Talks and Visits. Index of Officers. Limited to 300 copies. Fine copy in fine dust-jacket. Dust-jacket printed letterpress by Paul W. Nash. $50.00

The Society of Bibliophiles at Oxford University met periodically during each of the three academic terms: Hilary, Trinity and Michaelmas. To announce the program for the meetings it was the long-standing custom to ask different private press printers to do a card which was sent to all the members. Over the years many printers participated, and the cards they produced showed their individual style. In this copy of the book a real term card is laid in. It is from Terry Risk, the only American printer to participate. He did two of them and this is one.

(Strawberry Press). Omar Pound: The Countess at the Bar. Illustrated by Anthony Wilcock. Strawberry Press. London: 1998. First edition. 20 pages sewn into marbled wrappers. Limited to an edition of 155 numbered copies. Hand-printed by Paul W. Nash. Signed by both Pound and Wilcock. Fine copy as issued without dj. $35.00

Tideline Press: Two ephemeral items. Tideline Press (Leonard Seastone). Tannersville: not dated but from the 1970s. Two hand-printed broadsides. About 13 x 5 inches and 9 3/4 x 13 inches. Fine. $15.00

(Tragara Press). Roland Harris: A Sequence of Little Sonnets. Privately Printed. Edinburgh: 1971. 8 unnumbered leaves sewn into blue card covers. Limited to 130 copies hand-printed by Alan Anderson. Fine. $25.00

(Tragara Press). Edward Thomas: Four Letters to Frederick Evans. Tragara Press. Edinburgh: 1978. 9 leaves sewn into wrappers. Number 140 of 150 copies, hand-printed by Alan Anderson. Fine. $100.00

[Typographeum]. John Moat: Original etching proof for one of the illustrations in the book Hermes & Magdalen. 10 x 8 inches. Signed by the artist for Terry Risk, publisher of the book. Fine copy. $50.00

Whittington Press: The Whittington Press. Whittington Press. Manor Farm, Andoversford, Gloucestershire: May 1977. Broadside: 15 1/4 inches x 11 3/8 inches. One of 100 copies printed on hand-made paper from Wookey Hole Mill. Printed letterpress in two colors. Fine copy. $25.00

(Wynkyn de Worde Society). G. A. Davies: A Mortal Craft. Wynkyn de Worde Society. [London]: 1980. 7 1/8 x 8 1/4 inches. 6 unnumbered leaves sewn into paper wrappers. Limited to 250 copies printed by Christopher Skelton at Skelton's Press, Wellingborough. Fine copy as issued. $18.00

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