Morris Cox. Studio Book. 50 Original Colourprints. [Reverse / direct prints from a great variety of materials and a great variety of styles.] Narrow 4to, 28cm, 68 leaves (joined at the fore-edges), Gogmagog Private Press, Dartmouth Park Road, London, 1980.
Text set in Rockwell; display in Extended Egyptian wood letter, French Antique, Bodoni Ultra Bold Italic and Figaro, with a linocut of the author's signature; captions in Gill Sans. One of just 35 copies printed in black (the title-page in black and red; the press-marks in brown; the prints in many colours) on Japanese Hosho and Kuso-shi papers. Natural silk boards with designs printed in bown on the front. Cloth label on the spine. Reddish-brown endpapers. Slipcase covered in paste-patterned paper. A fine copy.
'This brilliant performance has the appearance of a retrospective exhibition of work across half a ceentury, showing every technique of colour printing which we have come to know in his work; but these are, as the sub-title explains, '50 Original Colourprints', and the Introduction mentions that they 'were all conceived, made and printed within the course of one year's extensive work'. Morris Cox follows his custom of giving titles to each print, perhaps from whatever a chance result suggested to him, continuing thus the notion of blind drawings or reticulation of a cracked plate. In his Introduction we have the longest and most revealing of all his explanations as to method and discovery, a brief artistic memoir.' (Chambers 33)