Book Description

Quarto (277 x 193mm), pp. [2 (blank l.)], [6], 166, [1], [1 (blank)]. Printed in 12-point Monotype Caslon on Sommerville Laid and Zerkall Halbmatt papers. Frontispiece after Eric Ravilious, 3 large folding plates, 4 colour plates printed recto-and-verso, 20 half-tone and black-and-white plates printed recto-and-verso, and 4 plates printed colour and black-and-white on recto-and-verso or recto only. Booklets bound in hors texte. Numerous further colour and black-and-white illustrations in various techniques in the text and tipped in, including one sample of wood-engraved patterned paper. Loosely inserted letterpress-printed subscription sheet for Matrix 8. Original boards by Smith Settle & Co. covered with paper designed by Enid Marx and reprinted at the Senecio Press, yellow dustwrapper printed in ochre and black, upper panel illustrated with woodcut by and after John O’Connor, ochre endpapers, top edges cut, others trimmed. (Dustwrapper spine slightly faded, edges of dustwrapper very lightly rubbed and bumped, top edges slightly spotted.) A very good copy. Provenance: David and Diana Wilson.
Dealer Notes
First edition, one of 850 copies in boards, from an edition of 960. The first issue bound in boards in order to accommodate the growing scope of each volume, Matrix 7 presents a cornucopia of articles on book history, book production, and the associated arts. These include John Dreyfus’s fascinating article on ‘French Resistance Printing’ richly illustrated with photographs of people at work at Les Editions de Minuit, and those involved in printing pamphlets and posters, and Michael Taylor’s profile of Enid Marx, which is followed by Marx herself on Chelsea’s ‘The Little Gallery’, which Muriel Rose and Margaret Turnbull ran from 1928 to the outbreak of the Second World War (the boards of this issue are covered with paper designed by Marx). The Australian-born wood engraver Edwina Ellis contributes ‘A Moroccan Diary’ with colour illustrations from her travel sketchbook, and Roderick Cave continues his edition and exploration of the correspondence between John O’Connor and Christopher Sandford (which commenced in Matrix 6).

This copy is from the library of the late David and Diana Wilson. David Wilson was a printer, friend and collaborator of Graham Williams (the founder of the Florin Press), and collector of private press books.
Author RANDLE, John and Rosalind (editors)
Date 1987
Publisher Andoversford: The Whittington Press

Price: £150.00

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