Ancient Needs. Illustrated by Alan James Robinson. Foreword by Brian Davies.
by Carol, Mark Philip.
Folio. Northampton: ABCedary Letterpress, 1989. Folio, 35 leaves, including a map of the Magdalen Islands, and 11 aquatint & drypoint etchings in black, blue, & green. Wood engravings in the text. Full limp vellum, window in upper cover frames a wood engraving of a harp seal pup. With a separate suite of the 11 etchings and 5 wood engravings, each numbered and signed by Robinson, in ice blue cloth folder. Both volumes fine in matching tray case (spine faded). With prospectus. First edition. One of 25 copies of the "full vellum edition", this is Copy H/2 -- the binder Claudia Cohen’s copy. Signed by Cohen, Robinson, Carol, Davies. There were 76 copies printed in all, most bound in handmade paper. The title & colophon are hand calligraphed in blue by Suzanne Moore. The fictional narrative of a young boy's experience with the harp seals is printed in Centaur type on Saunders paper; it is interleaved with the seals' poems printed in Arrighi italic on blue Moriki paper. Published price. (Inventory #: 107261)
Books and manuscripts in all fields, especially medieval illuminated and text manuscripts; material on California, Hawaii, and Pacific voyages; illustrated books and fine bindings from the 15th through the 20th century; children's books from 1750 to 1950; and fine press printing. William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Frognall Dibdin are special interests.
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