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Shadows in Arcady. The Angelus; The Brass Plate; An Alley in Languedoc; The Devil at La Charite. Sir William Russell Flint, R.A. [With an Autograph Letter, Signed by W. R. Flint, regarding this copy].
Charles Skilton Ltd. London. Number 70 of 450 signed copies (of a total of 500). With an ALS from W. R. Flint. 1965 - [Colophon]: 500 copies of which 450 are for sale have been printed in Pastonchi type by Charles Skilton at his Press in Alexandra Road, London S.W. 19. This book was designed & its production supervised throughout by Sir William Russell Flint who offers his affectionate gratitute for their assistance to two old friends Adrian Bury & Gordon Roe. Copy Number 70 [signed] W.Russell Flint/. 7 1/2 in. x 11 in., half-title with key design; title-page printed in red and black, and blue, with a design; dedication page; author's statement page; prologue by Adrian Bury. [1]-[60](colophon) + signed page. With fine initial letters printed in blue, story titles printed in red; various designs of gates, bells, candlesticks, etc., printed in black, and with reproductions of comments about the short stories, in Flint's calligraphic handwriting, reproduced in light brown. Blue cloth spine and sides with the titling gilt on the spine, and black cloth over boards, with the gilt key-ring design on the front cover, dark blue endpapers; with the clear cellophane wraparound present (this shows a crease on the back inner flap, and minor chipping to the edges), in the blue paper-covered slipcase (this shows very light edge tanning, some light staining to the upper left-hand side). The book is in fine condition. The inserted ALS is handwritten on both sides of an 8 in. x 10 in. sheet of paper, with Flint's address printed in red at the top of the sheet; it is written in his large, characteristic handwriting, and shows a horizontal fold across the sheet. This copy was sent to our founder, Peter Keisogloff (1900-95), with the handwritten personal letter, mentioned above, signed by Sir William Russell Flint: From Sir William Russell Flint, R.A. Peel Cottage, 80 Peel Street, Campden Hill, W.8 Park 6561. March 1. 1965 My dear Peter Keisogloff, I deliberately omit the formal "Mr" because, although we only met once, I regard you as a good friend. With this there will arrive a little book of my own, Shadows in Arcady. It is an experiment not only in story-telling but to some extent in typography, every item being my own placing + design. It is to be published on April 4, my 85th birthday + I do hope you will like it. In fact a word from you about it would be very welcome indeed. I treasure the volume containing reproductions of my "Greek" illustrations which you so kindly sent me, already almost two years ago. With Kindest regards + all good Wishes, Sincerly yours, [signed]: WRussell Flint/. Provenance: from the personal collection of our founder, Peter Keisogloff, who was a great admirer of Flint's work. [Author's statement]: My love of good typography and intense appreciation of the masterpieces of early printers have moved me to the production of this book. The decision to print four of my own stories instead of some beloved classic allows me liberty to indulge in caprices of arrangement which I devoutly hope will not detract from their sincerity. Three of these stories are true. One is at least half-true. Some names, not all, have been discreetly altered. The stories are honourably introduced by one friend, Adrian Bury, and, later, are saluted equally honourably by another friend, Gordon Roe. Any extravagance of presentation must be attributed to my own waywardness, not to my patient and erudite printer, Charles Skilton. WRF. Sold together only, the copy of the book, with the ALS. Weight; 1 1/2 lbs. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Peter Keisogloff Rare Books, Inc.]
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