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Booth, George
Cranbrook Tales (INSCRIBED)
Printed on handmade paper at the Cranbrook Press by George G, 1902. First Edition Limited to 208 copies, this being No. 49. INSCRIBED "To Mrs. R. J. Sloan, with sincere regards of the author, George G. Booth, Sep. 26/07." 8vo. 99, [1] pp. 6 full-page woodcut illustrations; 6 hand-colored woodcut initials. three-quarter vellum over brown paper covered boards; gilt ruling; gilt lettered brown leather spine label; deckled page edges. Some darkening to vellum; minor wear to extremeties; short split lower edge inside front cover; else a near fine copy of the sixth and final publication of the Cranbrook Press. Comprising interesting tales by Mr. Booth for the historic and legendary lore of that ancient and picturesque Kentish village from which the Cranbrook Press derived its name. In 1900, Cranbrook co-founder George Booth established the Cranbrook Press in the attic of the Detroit Evening News building in Detroit. Wishing to gratify "a strong desire for work most agreeable to my tastes and inclinations that combined the beautiful with pleasant labor and inspired by the record of ancient printers and the modern endeavors of Wm. Morris," Booth acquired a 2,000-pound Lion Reliance hand press, selected papers and appropriate type-fonts, and hired expert craftspeople to assist him. Between April 1900 and December 1902, the press produced nine books and a portfolio of prints, for which Booth designed many of the intricate borders and colophons and offered written contributions. [Attributes: First Edition]
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