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Fourteen Wood Engravings.
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Fourteen Wood Engravings.

From drawings made on Orient Line Cruises.

Published: [Waltham St. Lawrence:] Printed by Robert Gibbings at the Golden Cockerel Press, [1932]

Stock code: 107730

Price: £750

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First edition, first impression; scarce: Copac locates only five copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (Oxford, Scotland, Warwick, V&A, Wales), OCLC adds around another 20 copies worldwide. One of only a few commissions for other publishers that Gibbings undertook. “As a wood-engraver he was one of the leaders of the revival of this art… Gibbings reached a huge audience with his books, and perhaps did more than anyone in the twentieth century to popularize the art of wood-engraving” (ODNB).

Folio. Original yellow printed wrappers, stitched as issued, untrimmed. Title with woodcut vignette, small woodcut on following text page, 14 full-page woodcuts (recto only) with printed captions, printed colophon on last leaf verso. Covers lightly soiled otherwise a very good copy, with the Orient Line compliments slip laid-in.

Bibliography: Kirkus 17.

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