The Golden Cockerel Mabinogion, a new translation from the White Book of Rhydderch and the Red Book of Hergest. By Gwyn Jones and Thomas Jones with illustrations by Dorothea Braby. Folio, 36cm, pp.266, colophon, Designed, produced and published by Christopher Sandford at The Golden Cockerel Press, London, February 1948.
Set in 18-pt Caslon Old face and printed in orange and black on mould-made paper. Number 312 of 475 (550) copies. Illustrated with 20 engravings in wood and scraper board by Dorothea Braby. Bound in half orange Cape with maize buckram sides, upper cover elaborately gilt, spine titled in gilt, top edge gilt. A couple of very slight marks to spine. A near fine copy.
Dorothea Braby's interesting illustrations give an impression of bas-relief and are Celtic in spirit. They possess to a marked degree the qualities, the epical and the ornamental, which Morris discerned in all art that was 'genuinely growing'. Trials were done on scraper-board and then eengraved on wood; but later it was decided that the particular graphic effect desired was achieved more successfully by scraper-board than by wood-engraving.