Twelve by Eight - A Song in Favour of Bundling, [an anonymous old ballad].

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A Song in Favour of Bundling [an anonymous old ballad]. With four full-page drawings by Rigby Graham. Small folio, 30cm, 16p, Designed and produced at The Orpheus Press for the Twelve by Eight, 2 Ratcliffe Road, Leicester, 1961 (1963).

Handset in Monotype Centaur. Number 43 of 200 copies printed in black and red on damped Twelve by Eight hand-made papers (produced from bed sheets pulped in the tree trunk mortar). Signed upon the colophon by John Mason. Quarter-bound in Linson Vellum with marbled paper-covered boards. A fine copy.

This copy has the entertaining label (not always present) on the front pasedown: 'An apology. This is not a successful piece of book production. At one time it came near to being repulped. However we were persuaded, I still think against our better judgment, to let it stay. We do not expect to sell many copies, but who can tell? Collectors will buy the bad as well as the good. In spite of the colophon it was NOT completed until 1963 and, also, we used an adhesive binding for the spine and NOT side stitching. Meliora videmus.'                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It is worth noting that a considerable variety of marbled and batik papers were used in the binding of this book.

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