Nonesuch Press - Oscar Wilde. Recolllections by by Jean Paul Raymond & Charles Ricketts.

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Oscar Wilde. Recollections by Jean Paul Raymond & Charles Ricketts. [Introductory note by Thomas Lowinsky.] Royal 8vo, pp.60 + colophon, printed by Geo. W. Jones at the Dolphin Press for the Nonesuch Press, London, 1932.

Number 428 of 800 copies printed in Granjon on specially watermarked Van Gelder paper. Title-page device by Stephen Gooden in red. White buckram boards heavily blocked in gold with designs by Charles Ricketts, titled in gilt down the spine, all edges uncut, gold top. Black Ingres paper dust-jacket, gold-titled down the spine (a few chips). Some marks and browning to endpapers. Wood-engraved bookplate of Samuel Kahn by Eric Gill. Also a more recent book label 'Justitia Facitur Bonum'. A very good bright copy.

'Jean Paul Raymond' was a fictitios character invented by Ricketts and already used in 'Beyond the Threshold' (1929). Francis Meynell's typography and design is here a conscious imitation of Vale Press books and I think that the black dust-jacket is a mark of respect to Ricketts, "hero of the art nouveau book" (Taylor), who died in 1931.


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