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SOME GERMAN WOODCUTS OF THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897. ONE OF 225 COPIES on paper (and eight on vellum) n. Hardcover. A Sought-After Kelmscott Title, our Copy with a Very Special Eragny Connection. 295 x 216 mm (11 1/2 x 8 1/2"). xi, [i] pp., 23 leaves (printed on recto only), 24-36 pp. ONE OF 225 COPIES on paper (and eight on vellum). Original holland-backed blue paper boards, untrimmed edges. WITH 35 REPRODUCTIONS OF WOODCUTS printed on 23 leaves, one six-line woodcut initial. Front pastedown with the ex libris and wood-engraved bookplate (designed by Lucian Pissarro) of Joseph Manuel Andreini. Printed in red and black in Golden type. Peterson A-49; Sparling 49; Tomkinson, p. 121; Clark Library "Kelmscott and Doves," pp. 58-59. A bit of distress to cloth at spine ends, corners mildly bumped and worn, perhaps a hint of fading at board edges, but all of these defects minor, and otherwise A VERY FINE COPY of a fragile book, remarkably clean, fresh, and bright internally, with deep impressions of the type. Compiled and edited by the secretary of the Kelmscott Press, Sydney Cockerell, this work contains 35 reproductions of German woodcuts from books that were in the library of William Morris. The volume was immediately popular, quickly sold out, and has been sought after ever since. One of the most distinguished persons in the world of books during his lifetime, Sir Sydney Cockerell (1867-1962) took it upon himself to become archivist of the Kelmscott Press, and he was Morris' literary executor and supervised the Press after the death of Morris. In addition, he was older brother to the famous bookbinder Douglas Cockerell, and later was in partnership with the process-engraver Sir Emery Walker, who worked in collaboration with Cobden-Sanderson at the Doves Press. In 1907 he married Florence Kingsford, a talented artist, bookbinder, and illuminator whose work on the Ashendene "Song of Songs" is justly celebrated. And as a member of the select Roxburghe Club for bibliophiles, he published a number of monographs for its membership. In 1908 he became the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge, an appointment that lasted 29 years and that transformed the once dreary gallery into one that became world famous. Our copy once belonged to New York banker and bibliophile Joseph Manuel Andreini (1850-1932), a member of the Grolier Club and the Rowfant Club who was especially fond of books from the Eragny Press, and who became good friends with the Pissarros. His bookplate depicting a pensive shepherdess and her flock is one of six known to have been designed by Lucien. In her catalogue note to "Illustrating the Good Life," the Grolier Club's 2007 exhibition of the Pissarros and the Eragny Press, Alice Beckwith called Andreini's bookplate "a miniature masterpiece of pastoral peace."
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