De la Typographie et de L'harmonie de la Page Imprimee: William Morris et son Influence sur les Arts et Metiers
1898·Paris and London
by [Eragny Press] Ricketts, Charles S.; Lucien Pissarro
Paris and London: Flory and Hacon and Ricketts, 1898. Hardcover. Very Good. Hardcover. One of 256 copies (stated on the limitation but there were probably fewer copies were actually printed [Watry,The Vale Press]). A wonderful presentation copy. Inscribed by Lucien Pissarro: "To Archie MacGregor from Lucien Pissarro. April 1898." MacGregor, a painter and follower of the Pre-Raphaelites, had been a teacher of Esther Pissarro and her friend Diana White at the Crystal Palace School of Art in London and was a close friend. It was MacGregor who found the Pissarros their house, The Brook, located near his own in Bedford Park. This important work by Ricketts and Pissarro describes their philosophy of book design and typography. The book also shows the continuing influence of William Morris after his death. The first eight pages were set by Pissarro at the Eragny Press, but due to his ill-health the rest of the book was produced by Ricketts at the Ballantyne Press like other Vale Press books. The cover for this book was Lucien's wife, Esther Pissarro's, first independent printing project at the Eragny Press. Lucien had begun it before his illness but could not finish (Genz, A History of the Eragny Press, page 37). The resulting binding is in grey/green paper with a green and red floral design by Lucien called the "Wild Rose." Covers are bumped and spine somewhat worn and rubbed. Offsetting to free front and rear endpapers and some darkening to top page edges but otherwise in beautiful condition. With tipped-in errata slip in rear. In French. 31 pages. ART/071516.
(Inventory #: 29658)
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