THE first afternoon session of a January 20-21 antiques sale held by Lawrences of Crewkerne presented more than 400 lots of books, amongst them a good collection of private press books featuring the wood-engraved illustrations of David Jones.
These were mostly Clover Hill editions of the 1960s-'80s, but
a copy of the 1925 Golden Cockerel Press edition of Gulliver's
Travels illustrated by Jones made £420, as did the edition of
Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner issued by Douglas Cleverdon
in 1929. A 1964 ...Ancient Mariner, a Clover Hill edition (for New
York's Chilmark Press) with an accompanying suite of the engravings
plus five extra plates, was sold at £720.
Later Clover Hill limited editions included one of 80 copies of
The Chester Play of the Deluge of 1977, with prospectus loosely
inserted and accompanied by a separate set of the illustrations on
Japon, which made £620, and two (of 100) copies of the 1979 edition
of The Book of Jonah, each in quarter green morocco by Sangorski
& Sutcliffe and with sets of the illustrations on Japon in a
rear pocket, which sold at £780 and £750.
There were three copies of The Engravings of David Jones sets
issued in 1981. Two of these, from an edition of 75 sets of plates
on Japon in cloth boxes, brought bids of £950 and £920. The third
was one of 105 sets issued with an accompanying text volume in
quarter tan pigskin which, together with the cloth box of plates,
was contained in a green cloth slipcase. This sold at £1550.
A 1915 edition of Oscar Wilde's A House at Pomegranates
illustrated by Jessie M. King, the spine and upper cover of the
original cloth binding now faded, made £540; a 1938 first edition
in original pictorial boards of J.M. Richards' High Street,
illustrated by Eric Ravilious, made £1050, and one of 150 sets of
impressions issued by the British Museum in 1977 from the original
blocks for the wood engravings produced by William Blake for
Thornton's 1821 Virgil was sold at £880.
The three vols. bound as two in old calf gilt and bearing the book
stamp of the Bibliotheca Puseiana in Oxford, a copy of Henri
Estienne's 1578 Paris edition of the works of Plato, edited by
Joannes Serranus, was sold for £1800.
Valued at just £50-80 but sold for £620 in Crewkerne was an
interesting volume containing seven works published by the Quaker
topographer, bookseller, printer, political reformer and lawyer,
Sawyer versus Rutter. A Plain Narration of Shastonian Occurrences.
Without Comment, published in his home town of Shaftesbury in
1826-27, and a copy of The Shastonian were the only named works in
the lot and the saleroom could shed no further light on the matter.
The Shastonian is nowadays the title of a local school's old boy's
journal, but my brief researches suggest that it was at the time an
occasional journal published by Rutter to air his, and perhaps
other views on the freedom of the press and political reform.
Inscribed to Mrs Frederick Macmillan, wife of the publisher, by
Charles Dodgson [Lewis Carroll], an 1893 presentation first of
Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, in the original cloth gilt, made
A couple of deluxe copies of A. & C. Black titles featuring
the illustrations of Mortimer Menpes, The Durbar of 1903 and Venice
of the following year - each one of 500 signed copies with original
watercolours as frontispieces - sold at £460 and £450.
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