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The Door in the Wall - Folio Society Limited Edition 980 Copies
London: The Folio Society, 2015 Book. As New. Hardcover. 2015, Excellent Condition, Hardcover Quarter-bound in cloth with paper sides; blocked in gold on front in Solander Box, 160pp + Photo's & Commentary Volume Production Details Facsimile 160 pages Text printed on mould-made paper with deckled fore-edges 10 plates, including a frontispiece, printed on Tatami and tipped in on two corners Quarter-bound in cloth with paper sides; blocked in gold on front Title label inset on spine 15?× 11¼" Commentary volume 40 pages with frontispiece photograph of Wells by Coburn Typeset in Kennerley and printed on Munken Wove 9½"× 6¼" Solander box Bound in cloth, blocked in gold with photograph inset on front 16?× 12¼? This Copy is Nr: 472 This first ever full-sized facsimile is based on one of the extremely rare signed first printings and matches the original binding and production, including deckled edges and tipped-in photographs. Wells discussed the illustration of his collection of stories with the innovative London-based American photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn, a key figure in the pictorialist movement, in 1908. Two years later Coburn contacted the New York editor, publisher and gallery owner Mitchell Kennerley, and a limited edition of 600 copies was planned, with a new typeface by Frederic W. Goudy, set by his wife Bertha - the first major collaboration of author, photo-illustrator and typesetter in publishing history. Sixty copies, signed by Wells and Coburn, were distributed in London by Grant Richards, and it is from one of these extremely rare books that the Folio Society facsimile has been created. Coburn himself was subsequently adopted and championed by Wyndham Lewis and the Vorticists and went on to produce some of the first abstract photographs. His photogravures of London scenes in The Door in the Wall are especially evocative - a hauntingly beautiful counterpart to Wells's text which subtly evoke the settings and subjects of these extraordinary stories. In 1911 Frederic Goudy, in his own words, 'stopped being an amateur and took up type designing as a profession' with the creation of Kennerley Old Style. The type was designed specifically for The Door in the Wall and Other Stories and named for its publisher Mitchell Kennerley. Through Kennerley Old Style Goudy became associated internationally with great type design. The type and decorations designed for The Door in the Wall by Goudy were set by his wife Bertha S Goudy at the Village Press. .
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