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Book Description

The sole UK printing published by The Tern Press, Shropshire in 2005. The BOOK is in Fine condition. Number '16' of only 40 copies issued. Orange buckram boards with pasted on decorated labels to the spine and the front cover. Caslon typeface printed on Magnani paper, and signed on the colophon page by both Nicholas & Mary Parry. Two poems by John Masefield : 'August 1914', and the extended poem, 'Reynard the Fox'. with over 50 pencil illustrations reproduced by Nicholas Parry, including a half-title page illustration of John Masefield. This is a an extremely handsome production which originally sold at £250. The book is housed in the publisher's original plain orange cloth-covered slipcase. Masefield became Britains Poet Laureate in 1930 and received the Order of Merit in 1935. 'August 1914' is a moving poem of the First World War. 'Reynard the Fox' is a verse-tale set in the rural world of Masefield's childhood. The Tern Press was started in 1973 by Nicholas and Mary Parry. 'In 'Matrix 5', Parry stated: 'Our initial aims were to relate each subject to a relative set of materials. to think of the book as an overall work of art, rather like an opera, with a body (stage - props - paper - binding), intellect (thoughts - words - libretto), and feelings (music - color - prints), to try, as in all art, to produce a form that lives and breathes. Thus our books are not conceived, designed, produced through process, but are perceived, arranged and produced through craft.' (The Tern Press official website). A very scarce title.
Author Masefield, John & Parry, Nicholas (Illus.)
Date 2005
Binding Hardcover
Publisher The Tern Press, Shropshire
Illustrator Parry, Nicholas
Condition Near Fine

Price: £750.00

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