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Cover title:] The Four Seasons. [A Calendar & Diary with designs by Albert Rutherston.]
1922 - SOLE EDITION, 4 full-page colour-printed illustrations by Albert Rutherston with small vignette to title-page by the same printed in blue, the text-pages with green line-border, [unpaginated], 12mo, original beige cloth with colour-printed label designed by Rutherston inset to upper board, a hint of faint foxing to endpapers, original Press advertisement laid in (a single sheet with typographic header and footer printed in red), very good. Inscribed by the artist on the flyleaf: 'For Michel, affectly Albert, Xmas 1922' - the recipient is obscure, but Michel Salaman is the outstanding candidate. The quality of the printing met with the artist's approval, and the production marked the beginning of a golden decade for the Press. A delightful little gift book, of utmost scarcity - with no other copies currently for sale, and no record on COPAC; it functioned as an advertisement (indeed it begins with a statement headed thus) for the Press's new phase under the guidance of Harold Curwen and Oliver Simon. None of its recipients could fail to be impressed by the work on show - and where in the main the blank format allows the design and printing quality to speak for itself, a small outbreak of self-promotion recurs at the close with a description of the types and decoration held at the Press and a page for telephone numbers headed by the sole printed entry of the Press's own contact details. The small flyer laid in at the front conveys the news of their occupancy of a room in St. Stephen's House, Westminster - where Oliver Simon will be found, amongst an 'ever-changing Exhibition of modern English and Foreign books'.
      [Bookseller: Blackwell's Rare Books ABA ILAB BA]
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