Haslewood Books - Wadsworth (Edward). Sailing Ships and Barges

Haslewood Books - Wadsworth (Edward). Sailing Ships and Barges

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Sailing Ships and Barges of the Western Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. A series of copper plates engraved in the line manner by Edward Wadsworth and coloured by hand, with an introduction and brief descriptions by Bernard Windeler. Large Imperial 8vo, pp.xv[1],81 + colophon, Frederick Etchells & Hugh Macdonald ('The Haslewood Books'), London, 1926.

One of 450 copies (this marked 'Review') printed on the rectos only in Koch Kursiv on Zanders handmade paper at the Curwen Press. Engraved extra title-page, 4 head and tailpieces (2 hand-coloured) 17 engravings of ships printed full-page (all but one hand-tinted) and a full-page engraved map, all by Edward Wadsworth. Quarter cream buckram, gilt lettered on the spine with gilt extra, scarlet cloth sides blocked in gold on the upper board, edges uncut. Grey paper-covered slipcase. A near fine copy.

'Sailing Ships' was Edward Wadsworth's only original book - and a great one. It is very unusual amongst English illustrated books of the twentieth-century insofar as it combines copper engravings with hand colouring. Alan Tucker supposes that the choice of typeface was the artist's and, given its harmony with the engravings, this may well be so.

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