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SELECTED POEMS by  JOHN (BINDINGS - JO BIRD).  BETJEMAN - 2004 - from Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts (SKU: ST15550)


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London: The Folio Society, 2004. 227 x 157 mm. (9 x 6 1/8"). xiv, [2], 222 pp. Edited by Alan Powers. WHIMSICAL PALE GREEN REVERSED GOATSKIN BY JO BIRD, covers and smooth spine with meandering lettering stamped in black, green endpapers and edges blind-stamped repeatedly with author and title, free endleaves with several circles cut out. In a gray hand-dyed sheepskin chemise with round cut-outs and blind lettering and a matching sheepskin-backed clamshell box lined with pale green goatskin. Illustrated with black & white photographs and with numerous color drawings by Peter Bailey in the text. Binder's statement and care instructions laid in. A couple of tiny, faint spots to lower board, otherwise in mint condition inside and out. This appealing binding was awarded First Prize and the Mansfield Silver Medal in The Bookbinding Competition of 2005. Its creator became a licentiate of Designer Bookbinders the following year, and was elected a Fellow in 2010. Bird received a post-graduate diploma in fine bookbinding at London College of Communication, and worked at several trade binderies, including Shepherds and Bernard Quaritch, between 2000 and 2005, when she set up her own workshop. She says of her binding philosophy, "My aim is to entice and excite the reader into the book, and to achieve harmony between design and function. Through my designs I look to convey an essential element of the book." For this prize-winning binding, she "wanted to reflect the themes of rural and urban lifestyle that can be found in Betjeman's poetry. The green suede with the playful flowing text that follows the shape of the Cornwall coastline represents Betjeman's fondness for the English countryside and is tactile in texture. The grey chemise . . . represents his passion for cityscapes." Sir John Betjeman (1906-84) was a journalist, a beloved television personality, and the most popular English poet since Rudyard Kipling. He served as Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom for the final 12 years of his life. Philip Larkin said that Betjeman "offers us something we cannot find in any other writer-a gaiety, a sense of the ridiculous, an affection for human beings and how and where they live, a vivid and vivacious portrait of mid-twentieth-century English social life.


This gorgeous new collection gathers into one concise volume the finest work by Queen Victoria's favorite poet. Whether steeped in sensuous melancholy, as in "Maud," or chivalric, heroic, and allegorical, as in "Morte D'Arthur," Tennyson's poetry epitomizes the Victorian age for which he became a spokesperson when named Poet Laureate of England in 1850.


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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, but 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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Goatskin, leather made from goat, is durable and easy to dye. The original and finest examples of Morocco binding are...[more]
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A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...[more]
clamshell box
A protective box designed for storing and preserving a bound book or loose sheets. A clamshell box is hinged on one side, with...[more]
A folio usually indicates a large book size of 15" in height or larger when used in the context of a book description....[more]
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....[more]

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