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The Story of a Lifetime / by Somerset de Chair. Engravings by Clifford Webb.
[London]: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1954 - . . . Scarce. . . . Signed, Limited Edition - Number 73 of an edition of 110 numbered copies, one of 100 copies for subscribers. Signed by the Author. One of the least known and most expensive cockerels (due to the small edition and special bindings). . . . Quad pott octavo - about 12.75 x 7.5" (32 x 19.5cm). Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for the publisher on flexible cords in full cream alum-tanned sheepskin with a gilt vignette of a crown of thorns and a scourge by Webb to the upper board, gilt lettering and two gilt cockerel vignettes in compartments separated by two raised bands to the spine, single gilt rule border to turn-ins ("Bound by S & S London" gilt-stamped to front lower turn-in), brown and gold headbands. TEG - Top edges gilt, others untrimmed. 94pp. (including 1pp. Author's Note at rear). The Baskerville 14 pt. type has been set and machined on mould-made paper by R. & R. Clark Ltd of Edinburgh. (Originally sold at 28 gns.) . . . Illustrated with 8 wood-engravings by Webb - 7 full-page illustrations (including the frontispiece) and a title page vignette, and with a gilt vignette to the upper board (partially repeating the title page vignette). . . . Sandford notes in "Cock-A-Hoop": "An unorthodox account in great detail of the events in the life of Jesus between the Resurrection and the Ascension, as revealed to the author in what he claims to have been a vision. The character and message of Jesus are presented in all their nobility, but stripped of the miraculous element which has become unacceptable to some. I issued the book for what it was - a piece of literature, containing moving passages and a sensational, yet to the author, uncannily convincing story. / The format was that folio, in proportions of about five high to three across, of which I was so fond; the engravings were very fine and powerful. Though I designed the book and published it, the author bore the whole of the very considerable expense of its production, and when this was spread over such a very limited edition it made each copy very costly." . . . Good Condition - the cover is soiled with the sheepskin yellowing, rubbed with some small losses to the gilt vignette, spine sun darkened and more rubbed/scuffed, corners and head foot of spine scuffed and a bit bumped, lower board edges scraped with leather peeling, boards bowed inward a bit along fore-edge and spine, free endpapers and first and last few pages tanned along edges (from leather turn-ins), small bookseller label (Philip C. Duschnes Rare Books, New York) to rear pastedown endpaper, pages browning a tad, some occasional dents to page edges, some rumpling and soft bend marks (not hard creases, probably caused during printing or binding) to pages, pages quite clean. . . . Reference: Cock-A-Hoop 195. . . . Additional photos available, please just ask. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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