The Curwen Press Miscellany, by Oliver Simon. [With a "Catalogue Raisonne of Books printed at the Curwen Press, 1920-1930."] Imperial 8vo,, pp.x,136 + inserts, Published for The Curwen Press, Plaistow, by The Soncino Press Publishers, at 5 Gower Street, London, 1931.
One of 275 copies (this a presentation copy and not numbered) printed in black and red on mould-made paper (with inset leaves on blue paper) and decorated throughout with printers' ornaments. Initials designed by J. van Krimpen; decorations by EdwardBawden, Claudia Guerccio and Celia Fiennes; headpiece engraving by Barnett Freedman; wood engravings by Eric Gill, John Nash, Rene Ben Sussan; colour stencil illustrtions after E. McKnight Kauffer, Edward Bawden and Barnett Freedman. This, one of a few special presentation copies bound up in full niger morocco by Wood, five raised bands, gild spine titling, spine gilded with unicorns, all edges gilt. Just a little rubbed at the edges of the spine. A very good copy indeed.
The Miscellany was a supplement to the typographical assembled in the 'Specimen Book of Types' (1928). It includes essays by Paul Nash (The Stencil), Harold Curwen (On Printing from the Wood) and Harry Carter (Sans Serif Types), illustrations of work printed by Curwen and a record of the Curwen Sans and other faces, vignettes, and borders. The high point for most people will always be the drawing ('Homage to Dicky Doyle') by Edward Bawden, specially done to to show the use of colour apllied by stencilling at the Curwen Press,