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C-S, THE MASTER CRAFTSMAN by  NORMAN H. and JOHN DREYFUS (DOVES PRESS - LEAF BOOK).  (ADAGIO PRESS).  STROUSE - COPY

C-S, THE MASTER CRAFTSMAN

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C-S, THE MASTER CRAFTSMAN

by (DOVES PRESS - LEAF BOOK). (ADAGIO PRESS). STROUSE, NORMAN H. and JOHN DREYFUS

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Harper Woods, Michigan: [Printed by Leonard F. Bahr at] The Adagio Press, 1969. COPY "G" OF 12 COPIES WITH TWO ORIGINAL LEAVES PRINTED ON VELLUM (and, of these, one of 10 with a gilt initial) from a total edition of 329 copies. SIGNED BY THE PRINTER. 390 x 255 mm. (15 1/2 x 10"). 49, [1] pp., [3] leaves (last blank). Publisher's vellum-backed marbled paper boards, gilt titling on spine. In the original tan linen slipcase. Prospectus, mounted photo of Emery Walker and Cobden-Sanderson, and sample leaf laid in at front, along with a typed letter, signed, from author Norman Strouse to collector Duncan Andrews, listing the dealers offering the special copies with two vellum leaves. Front pastedown with bookplate of Haven O'More of The Garden Ltd. Text printed in brown, blue, and black. Tidcombe, pp. ix, 144, 154; Cave, p. 264. In mint condition. This handsomely printed book is a study of Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson (1840-1922), founder of the Doves Press and the foremost figure in the late 19th and early 20th century among those who straddled the fields of English fine press publishing and artistic binding. The first section, by Norman H. Strouse, gives an overview of the life, character, and aims of Cobden-Sanderson. The second section, by John Dreyfus, studies the troubled relationship of Cobden-Sanderson with his original partner in the press, Emery Walker, based on the discovery of new documents. Our copy of this study includes two leaves from Doves Press books, one from Goethe's "Iphigenie auf Tauris" and the other from the English Bible, the former with a fine burnished gold manuscript initial by Edward Johnston. The published copies are divided among 242 regular copies with two leaves on paper, 75 copies with a Bible leaf on paper and a different leaf on vellum, and the other 12 with two vellum leaves (10 of those with the gold Johnston initial). While copies with one or two leaves on paper are readily available, those copies like the present example--with two gilt-decorated vellum leaves--are very hard to come by. Cave calls our work an "important study" and "the most substantial" product of the Adagio Press, which was founded in 1956 in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, by Leonard F. Bahr and later moved to Harper Woods, Michigan. American bibliophile Duncan Andrews (1935-2011) assembled an important collection with concentrations in foxhunting books, the manuscripts and books of English poet Sir John Betjeman, and the work of engraver Stephen Gooden; he produced a catalogue raisonné and bibliography of the latter. Our copy was also part of the Garden Collection, assembled by Haven O'More with funding from Michael Davis, which was the most outstanding library of notable books put together in America in the second half of the 20th century. When it was auctioned by Sotheby's in 1989, the sale brought in $16.2 million. The library included high spots from all periods (the four Shakespeare folios, the first edition of "Don Quixote," and Blake's "Songs of Innocence and Experience" brought in more than $5 million alone), and the collection was breathtaking in its impeccable condition.

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Bookseller
Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
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Title
C-S, THE MASTER CRAFTSMAN
Author
(DOVES PRESS - LEAF BOOK). (ADAGIO PRESS). STROUSE, NORMAN H. and JOHN DREYFUS
Book condition
Used
Quantity available
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Edition
COPY "G" OF 12 COPIES WITH TWO ORIGINAL LEAVES PRINTED ON VELLUM
Publisher
[Printed by Leonard F. Bahr at] The Adagio Press
Place of Publication
Harper Woods, Michigan
Date published
1969

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About Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts

Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books an Manuscripts was established in 1978 on a ping pong table in a basement in Kalamazoo, Michigan. From the beginning, its founder was willing to sell a range of material (both because this approach made the work more educational than otherwise and because it gave him a good excuse for not being an expert in any particular specialty). Over the years, the business has gravitated toward historical artifacts that are physically attractive in some way--illuminated material, fine bindings, books printed on vellum, fore-edge paintings, beautiful typography and paper, impressive illustration. Today, the company still sells a wide range of things, from (scruffy) ninth century leaves to biblical material from all periods to Wing and STC imprints to modern private press books to artists' bindings. While we are forgiving about condition when something is of considerable rarity, we always try to obtain the most attractive copies possible of whatever we offer for sale.

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