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THOMAS, R.S.
The Mountains - Illustrated with ten drawings by John Piper engraved on the wood by Reynolds Stone with a Descriptive Note by John Piper.
Chilmark Press, New York, 1968. First edition. Quarto. pp 48 + extra set of engravings. Ten line poem and fifteen-page prose piece by R.S. Thomas. Three page Descriptive Note by John Piper, who also provides two pages of notes on the engravings. Ten wood-engravings by Reynolds Stone from drawings by John Piper. The endpapers appear to be a blow-up of one of the engravings, ''Cwm Graianog''. Designed and printed by Will and Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge, on Wookey Hole Mill mould-made paper. Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in quarter dark blue morocco with cloth sides; top edge gilt.One of 110 numbered copies signed by the author, artist and engraver, and with an extra set of the ten engravings.''Just after the Second World War, John Piper and Reynolds Stone, both enthusiasts of nineteenth century topographical guidebooks, decided to produce a modern equivalent, to illustrate the mountains of Snowdonia. They used wood-engravings, both as a reproductive purpose, so that the pictures could be printed together with the text, and as a creative interpretation of the drawings, which in several cases Piper did directly on the block. Unfortunately, John Murray, the first choice as publisher.could not undertake it, and the blocks languished for twenty years.We were eager to print these magnificent engravings, and as the Carters and the Stones are close cousins, negotiations were simplified. Douglas Cleverdon persuaded the Welsh poet R.S. Thomas to write some rich poetic prose to accompany them, and we set this in our new Palatino from the Stempel foundry in … [Click Below for Full Description]
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