Kentfield, CA: The Allen Press. Fine in Very Good dust jacket. . Limited Edition. 1/4 Cloth. One of 150 copies. Fine in very good clamshell case. Quarter brown cloth with cream and purple decorated cloth boards. The cream and purple cloth is a Fortuny print of eighteenth century design, hand-blocked in Venice. The other materials for the portfolio and box are from Paris. Loose portfolio with a multitude of illustrations. Volume fine with bright and clean interior. The brown cloth case, with title printed in purple lettering on front, shows clear signs of wear with rubbing particularly to corners. The typefaces (Goudy Modern and Cochin) were set by hand. The paper is all-rag and mould-made Rives, printed damp on an Acorn-Smith handpress. The 35 full-page illustrations are copperplate engravings reproduced from eighteenth century Venetian books. There are additional vignettes on the text pages. Produced by Lewis and Dorothy Allen; A Venetian Story was originally published in 1818 as "Beppo: A Venetian Story." It was inspired by a true story then circulating in Venice, told to Lord Byron by his Venetian landlord. Byron's poem became immensely popular and was notable as his first humorous publication. It was also an antecedent for his most famous work, Don Juan. Introduction by Eleanor Garvey and Philip Hofer of Harvard University . (Inventory #: 26839)
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