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Sundrie Pieces [NUMBER X OF XV SPECIAL BINDING COPIES]; A new selection of George Herbert's poetry, with samples of his prose
Newton, Powys, Wales: Gwasg Gregynog, 2003. Limited Edition. Leather. Fine. Van Niekerk, Sarah. Number X of XV copies in special binding (total edition 215), quarto size, 127 pp., signed by binder Julian Thomas, with a suite of signed and numbered prints by Sarah Van Niekerk. George Herbert (1593-1633), Welsh-born although raised primarily in England, began life as a poliltician, eventually becoming a priest within the Anglican Church. It was while he was rector at a small parish within Salisbury that he worked on revisions to his poetry; "The Temple" was published in 1633, the same year he succumbed to consumption three years after his ordination to the priesthood, at the very young age of 39. This work is new selection of not only George Herbert's poetry, but some of his lesser-known prose work, as well as, running along the top and bottom of each page, over 200 of his proverbs. Embellished with wood-engravings by Sarah Van Niekerk, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, a Royal West of England Academician, a member of the Society of Wood Engravers (Chairman 1995-98) and an Honorary Member of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. Ms. Van Niekerk is the recipient of numerous awards and her work is in both private collections and public museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the London Institute, UCLA, and the Ashmoleon Museum to name just a few. This work in a special binding by Julian Thomas, a wrap-around design incorporation a cross with gilt rays emanating out from it, set against a rual backdrop such as the parish George Herbert served in as rector. Mr. Thomas was taught bookbinding by the late John Ewart Bowen, who himself was apprenticed to George Fisher in the bindery of the original Gregynog Press. A Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and its President the year this book was published, Julian Thomas' bindings are found in many of the world's major public and private collections. A sumptuous presentation of the mind and works of a perhaps lesser-known but highly influential poet and thinker.___DESCRIPTION: Original half cordovan morocco cut in the shape of a cross spanning the breadth of both boards with gilt rays coming from the centre of the cross, calfskin colored with acrylic ink to depict a warm landscape, gilt lettering to backstrip, top-edge ochre, ochre endpapers, title page in black and purple, proverbs all in purple, wood engraved frontisportrait and numerous wood engravings in text; Monotype Bell and Palace Script type, T. H. Saunders Waterford mould-made paper, quarto size (12" by 7.25"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xv [xvi-xvii] 1-99 [1 colophon], limited edition, number X of XV copies in special binding by Julian Thomas, total edition 215. This special edition copy is accompanied by a separate suite of wood engravings housed in their own ochre cloth fall-down-back box with suede covered upper board, each page is signed, titled, and numbered (10 of 66) in pencil by the artist. Both the book and the separate suite of engravings are housed in a suede lined yellow-ochre fall-down-back box with a leather gilt-lettered title label inlaid to the backstrip.___CONDITION: Fine in a like slipcase; a beautifully presented book, worthy of the poet as well as the artist and binder.___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details.___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
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