SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRESS: SPENSER, Edmund.

The Works.

Oxford: Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press, 1930 Stock Code: 142984
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Shakespeare Head Edition, number 183 of 375 sets printed on handmade paper and bound thus, with hand-coloured woodcuts by Hilda Quick. The edition, with the text newly prepared, is one of the Press's crowning achievements, this being a particularly appealing unopened copy. A further eleven copies were issued on vellum.



Hilda Quick (1895-1978) studied at Central St. Martins where she was taught by the influential wood engraver Noel Rooke. Her illustrations for The Shepheardes Calender in this work are based on those in the edition of 1579. Quick was a Cornish based engraver who would go on to illustrate a number of botanical and ornithological works in the striking style displayed here. The typeface and initials were designed by Joscelyne Gaskin (1903-1993), daughter of Arthur and Georgie Gaskin, and member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, whose annotated drawings came to the attention of Roger Fry at the age of 7.

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Description

8 volumes, quarto. Entirely uncut and unopened in original green morocco-backed Cockerell marbled paper boards, titles to spines in gilt, edges untrimmed.

Illustrations

Woodcuts designed and hand-coloured by Hilda Quick; initials and headings designed Joscelyne Gaskin, cut by Quick, and printed in red and blue.

Condition

Bookplate of Westwick House to front free endpapers. Minor toning to spines, light offsetting to endpapers, a very little rubbing to sides, an attractive set in near-fine condition.

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