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Arlott And Ackroyd : Deluxe Limited Edition Signed By The Author And Ackroyd : With A Signed Etching Of John Arlott : With 13 Other Signatures Related To Cricket : With Related Ephemera

Arlott And Ackroyd : Deluxe Limited Edition Signed By The Author And Ackroyd : With A Signed Etching Of John Arlott : With 13 Other Signatures Related To Cricket : With Related Ephemera

Rayvern Allen, David & Norman Ackroyd (Illus.) The sole UK printing published by Christopher Saunders, Newnham On Severn in 2002. Number '99' of only 295 copies published. The BOOK is in Fine unread condition. It is housed in its' original slipcase which is in near Fine condition. The book has been numbered and signed by the author and illustrator to the publisher's official bookplate to the front pastedown, as called for. The frontispiece pocket contains an original copperplate etching of John Arlott by Norman Ackroyd. This has been numbered and signed by Norman Ackroyd and run off on his presses. The plate has been destroyed. The book has additionally been signed to the half-title on publication day by Norman Ackroyd, Leo Harrison (Cricketer), Colin Ingleby-Mckenzie (cricketer), Hubert Doggart (cricketer), Chris Saunders (Publisher), David Rayvern Allen (writer), John Woodcock (writer) and six others ( which I can not identify). The book is 'a celebration of cricket, wine, poetry and prose'. It contains eleven of Ackroyd's etchings, accompanied by appropriate pieces of Arlott's prose and poetry. There is the additional commentary by David Rayvern Allen, Arlott's biographer and an old friend of Norman Ackroyd. The books is printed on fine 200gm Zanders Medley Plus Creme paper and is hand bound in British green leather. Accompanied by ephemera relating to the book's publication including a small pamphlet ' Brearley on Arlott' which was the speech given by Mike Brearley on the occasion of the book launch at the Fine Art Society, the publisher's promotional flyer, the receipt for the original purchase of this title, a letter from the publisher to the original owner and the publisher's invitation to the book launch event. A stunning production. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
The Life And Strange Surprizing Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe Of York Mariner : One Of Only 35 Special Copies Signed By The Illustrator

The Life And Strange Surprizing Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe Of York Mariner : One Of Only 35 Special Copies Signed By The Illustrator

Defoe, Daniel & Kauffer, E. McKnight (Illus.) The First UK printing of this illustrated edition published by Frederick Etchells & Hugh Macdonald, London in 1929. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. The limited issue of only 35 copies signed by Kauffer to the limitation page, this one unnumbered. Printed on T. H. Saunders mould-made paper, and bound in quarter morocco. There was also a trade edition of 500 copies unsigned on normal paper and bound in cloth. Original blue quarter morocco, titles to spine silver, blue buckram boards with Kauffer's design in silver to the front board, edges untrimmed. The morocco spine is slightly sunned and rubbed. Internally, apart from some offsetting to the endpapers, the book is clean and the binding remains tight. Frontispiece and 7 hand coloured illustrations by E. McKnight Kauffer, using the pochoir process. This deluxe signed issue is rare, with only two copies recorded at auction in the past 50 years. Kauffer was born in the U.S.A. but settled in England in 1914. He was a member of both Wyndham Lewis's 'Group X' and the' Cumberland Market Group'. Kauffer's real genius was in advertising art; he produced seminal posters for the London Transport Board and for the Great Western Railway, as well as book jackets and illustrations. A very attractive production. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Aphra Behn : Signed By The Author : Additionally Signed By The Author's Mother With A H/W Letter From The Author's Mother

Aphra Behn : Signed By The Author : Additionally Signed By The Author’s Mother With A H/W Letter From The Author’s Mother

Sackville-West, Vita The First UK printing published by Gerald Howe Ltd., London in 1927. The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition. Light pushing at the spine ends with a little rubbing at the corners. The gilt titling to the spine remains very bright. Light offsetting to the end-papers with a little toning to the page edges. Some light age related markings to the covers. The scarce WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ condition. Generally toned more-so at the edges and the spine with a little loss at the spine ends. Some professional Japanese tissue paper repairs to the folds on the verso which do not show through to the front. The wrapper is protected in a removable Brodart archival cover. Frontis portrait drawn by J. Gower Parks. Part of the 'Representative Women' series with General Editor, Francis Birrell. The book has been signed by the author to the title page. A presentation copy, additionally inscribed in the year of publication by the author's mother (the Dowager Victoria Sackville-West) to the front upper blank end-paper. The recipients were Mr and Mrs Hamilton-Rice. Accompanied by a loosely inserted 4 page letter from the Dowager (on her personal headed paper) to the same recipients. Alexander Hamilton-Rice was an American explorer, physician, geographer and geologist, especially noted for his expeditions to the Amazon basin. He was professor of geography at Harvard university. In the letter, the dowager refers to the river 'Orinoco' (Hamilton-Rice had earlier explored this river), trying to get her daughter and son-in-law Harold Nicolson 'better known' as writers in the states and pushing Virginia Woolf's review of Nicolson's book 'Some People'. A very scarce association title with the original wrapper with no copies listed at auction in the last 20 years. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Glue and Lacquer. Four Cautionary Tales : The Special Edition Of Only 30 Copies With Reproductions Of Eric Gill's Original Drawings : With The Publisher's Prospectus

Glue and Lacquer. Four Cautionary Tales : The Special Edition Of Only 30 Copies With Reproductions Of Eric Gill’s Original Drawings : With The Publisher’s Prospectus

Acton, Harold & Yi-Hsieh, Lee (Translators) The First UK printing published by The Golden Cockerel Press in 1941. Number '12' of 30 specially bound copies. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. Original full blue morocco (by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with their monogram to the lower front pastedown), spine lettered in gilt, four Chinese characters in gilt on the front cover, top edge gilt with others untrimmed. The binding remains tight. Some rubbing to the spine folds with a little light offsetting to the end papers. A couple of minor nicks to the untrimmed edge of the front free end paper. A small bookseller's label (Sotherans) to the lower front pastedown. Free from inscriptions and bookplates. Lacking the plain card slipcase. All five full page copper-plate engravings by Denis Tegetmeier (Eric Gill's son-in-law) are present and in fine condition. Additionally and only in this special edition, the collotype reproductions of Eric Gill's original drawings are complete and present at the rear of the book. This special edition was printed on handmade paper and bound in full morocco. The 'ordinaries' edition of 320 copies were printed on mould made paper, bound in quarter morocco and lacked the collotype reproductions to the rear. Eric Gill composed these images during the last week of his life and they were subsequently engraved by his son-in-law Denis Tegetmeier. With an introduction by Arthur Waley. The book is protected in a loose archival Mylar cover. Loosely inserted is the publisher's original four page prospectus. A very scarce title with as far as I can tell, only two copies having appeared at auction in the last twenty years. A very handsome production. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
The Tower

The Tower

Yeats, W.B. The First UK printing published by Macmillan & Co.Ltd., London in 1928. The BOOK is in near Fine condition. Original publisher's olive-green cloth, spine and upper cover lettered and elaborately decorated in gilt with one of Thomas Sturge Moore's most striking cover engravings, depicting Ballylee and its reflection. All edges are untrimmed. Free from inscriptions and internally very clean. Light pushing at the spine tips. The scarce WRAPPER is complete and is in near Fine condition. The sea-green pictorial wrapper is printed in black and repeats Sturge Moore's cover design. It is correctly priced '6/- net' to the lower front flap. A little toning and slight rubbing in places to the spine. The wrapper has undergone some expert professional restoration to the extreme spine tips and it now presents as a very striking example in the removable Brodart archival cover. One of only 2000 copies of this cornerstone of the Modern Movement, which is generally accepted to be Yeats's single most important collection. 'The Tower' includes many of Yeats's greatest and most enduring poems, including 'Sailing to Byzantium', 'Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen', 'Leda and the Swan', and 'Among School Children'. Connolly described it as 'a peak in English poetry' and the ODNB 'the summit of Yeats's creative achievement. He thought it the best book he had written, and he was right.' An extremely scarce, sharp copy with such attributes, housed in a custom solander box with gilt titling and marbled inserts. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.