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Guest Book.
4to. Bound in full reddish-brown niger morocco, stamp-signed in gilt with the W.H. Smith & Son monogram on rear turn-in, sides with gilt-ruled borders and small embellishments, gilt lettering at the head of the upper cover ("We should a guest love while he loves to stay / And when he likes not give him loving way"), smooth spine with ruled border and title ("Guest Book") in gilt, green cloth endpapers, top edges gilt; a very nice copy, contained in the original hinged wooden box with W.H. Smith & Son's printed label. A very handsome guest book, blank save for the first page which has twelve names and addresses entered in ink. These include the wood-engraver and teacher of wood-engraving, Noel Rooke (1881-1953) whose pupils included Vivien Gribble, Robert Gibbings, John Farleigh, and Clare Leighton. Also with the signatures of Robert Ashwin Maynard (1888-1966), wood-engraver and first Controller of the Gregynog Press (later joint owner of the Raven Press), and Theo D.A. Cockerell (1866-1948), a noted scientist and a teacher at the University of Colorado. He was the elder brother of Sir Sydney Cockerell. Douglas Cockerell (1870-1945), master bookbinder and an important figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. He started his own bindery in 1898 in Denmark Street in London, and after a number of moves he finally settled in Letchworth where he worked with his son Sydney until his death. He was in charge of W.H. Smith & Sons bindery from 1905 to 1914. His Bookbinding and the Care of Books is still a standard text book.
      [Bookseller: Henry Southern Ltd.]
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