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Youth / [by] Joseph Conrad. Illustrations by Blair Hughes-Stanton.
Kentfield, California: The Allen Press, 1959 - . . . Scarce. . . . Limited Edition - One of 140 copies. The most elaborately colored of the books illustrated by Hughes-Stanton, with eight illustrations each printed in nine colors. . . . Double crown quarto - about 15.5 x 10.5" (39 x 27cm). Bound in the publisher's original binding of cream parchment paper-covered boards with a vignette in grey and blue and a red and white stripe to the upper board, blue lettering to the spine, and a red and white stripe to the lower board. Blue Japanese paper endpapers. Top edges unevenly trimmed, others deckled. Approximately 51pp. The typeface is Goudy Modern, & was hand-set; the paper was hand-made to order & watermarked for the Press by the medieval Richard de Bas mill in France. Printed by hand on an 1833 Acorn-Smith press by Lewis & Dorothy Allen. . . . Illustrated with 8 nine-color linocut illustrations of varying heights. The progressively cut, elimination linocuts were printed from zinc line-blocks made from black stage proofs by Hughes-Stanton. The title page and one other page are printed in red and black, the running title to each page is printed in blue surrounded by a black zigzag design. . . . Lewis Allen, in "The Allen Press Bibliography," notes: "For the illustrator, our English friend Blair Hughes-Stanton was the obvious choice. Never one to accomplish art work simply, he came up with eight nine-color engravings involving delicate register problems. Also, to complete a nine-color process within a time-span of one week, we had to develop a plan to do three colors with one impression. All this was necessary because we damp the handmade paper for printing - a highly desirable technique. / The engraved illustrations are spectacularly dramatic, enhanced by the beautiful (and tamed) French paper. Directors of the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco gave a special exhibition of those remarkable illustrations. / The binding of white 'parchment paper' is enlivened by some units from the illustrations. Unfortunately, the slip-cases were covered with blue Japanese paper (used also for endsheets) which proved to be too delicate." . . . Very Good Condition - upper board is just lightly soiled (mainly right along upper edge of board), spine somewhat sun darkened with a bit of soiling, two one inch streaks of aqua ink and some other light soiling to lower board, upper corners of boards bumped/dented, head/foot of spine bumped and scuffed, a few small dents and a small chip to lower edges of boards, front inner hinge starting (a one inch tear and a half inch tear to front endpapers along the upper gutter), title page has two several inch creases to lower corner, denting to some protruding page edges, quite clean and bright within. No slipcase. A beautiful copy. . . . Reference: Hughes-Stanton 39. . . . Additional photos available, please just ask. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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