Douglas Cleverdon - Coleridge (Samuel Taylor). Rime of the Ancient Mariner.


Douglas Cleverdon - Coleridge (Samuel Taylor). Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. With ten engraviings on copper by David Jones. [With a note by Douglas Cleverdon.] Super Royal 4to, pp.[viii],37, colophon + inserted plates, printed for Douglas Cleverdon, Bristol, at the fanfare Press, London, 1929.

One of 400 (470) copies handset in Frederic Warde's Arrighi italic type (with marginal notes in Norstedt eighteenth-century type), printed under the direction of Stanley Morison on hand-made paper. Head- and tailpiece, 8 full-page copper engravings, printed blue-grey by Walter Colls. Quarter white linn buckram, titled in gilt up the spine, green paper sides, top edge trimmed, others uncut. Spine slightly soiled, corners rubbed, endpapers a bit browned. Bookplate of Robert Elwell by Reynolds Stone. A very good copy.

The plates were printed leaving a thin film of ink over the plate area, partly (in Jones's words) as an aid to the unification of these essentially linear designs. The text was printed four pages at a time due to the small quantity of type available; it matches the calligraphic quality of the engravings admirably. One of the outstanding inter-war books. (Appleton 280)

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