Worcester: Stanbrook Abbey Press, 1965. Middleton, Bernard. Small quarto. 81pp. One of 500 copies beautifully printed in red, black, and green on handmade paper. Title-page decorations by Margaret Adams. Lithographed portrait of the author tipped in. With an English translation on each page facing the original French text by Raissa Maritain, who was the wife of French philosopher Jacques Maritain. This copy has been specially bound by Bernard Middleton in full russet crushed levant, elaborately paneled on both covers with alternating rules of black and gilt and a single ivy border tooled in black. Spine in six compartments with a single wheat tool in five, and a green morocco lettering piece. Richly tooled turn-ins frame a doublure of handmade Japanese paper, which also forms the endleaves. Signed by the printer, Dame Hildelith Cumming, on the colophon, with an additional note in ink indicating that this copy was bound by Middleton for the V&A exhibition entitled "Stanbrook Abbey Press and Sir Sydney Cockerell: A Centenary," which ran from November 1976 to February 1977. Laid in is an ALs from Dame Cumming to the owner of the present copy. Also laid in is the prospectus, which has been corrected in ink by Dame Cumming, and an offprint of the English title page, which has been annotated by her in pencil. According to Butcher, Patriarch Tree was Cumming's "personal favorite of all the books she printed at Stanbrook." This elegant piece of printing is completed with a sumptuous binding, which is housed in a morocco trimmed slipcase. (Butcher A12).
(Inventory #: 26774)
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