Florin Press - Dukes Village: A Suite of Wood Engravings, by John O'Connor.

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Dukes Village: A Suite of Wood Engravings, by John O'Connor. Introduced by Graham Williams with more than a little help from the artist. Royal 8vo, [19]pp., 24.5cm, (Graham Williams) Florin Press, Biddenden, Kent, 1988.

Number 5 of 25 (70) special copies with an extra signed artist's proof engraving in a pocket at the rear, bound with a leather spine. Handset in Lutetia with Rosart for display, printed in black (the title-page in green and black, the illustrations in many colours) on old Arnold grey laid paper, and signed by John O'Connor and Graham Williams. Bhutanese hand-made paper-covered boards, spine titled in gilt. A fine copy.

Originally engraved for a projected Westminster Bank brochure in the late 1950s or early 1960s, these blocks stayed unclaimed at the Curwen Press until its liquidation in 1984. (Graham tells me that the girl in orange with with tennis racket block was not one of the originals, but a replacement by JO'C, who disliked what he had done first time.) All illustrations have been printed from these original blocks, as was the press device, which was engraved by John O'Connor in 1985. The coloured inks were reground at Florin Press with added pigment and other substances.

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