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Williams, Gwyn, trans. Against women. London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1953. Narrow 8vo (23 cm, 9.1"). 25,  pp.; col. illus. $500.00
Golden Cockerel printing of a 16th-century satire on the evils of women, translated from the original Welsh by Gwyn Williams. The text is illustrated with => eleven color-printed engravings of scandalously alluring women plus a decorated title-page done by John Petts. In Cock-a-hoop, Sandford said of this work (along with his quotation used as our caption above), "I had such fun with this book! It was a mad sixteenth century Welshman's idea of how wicked women are, and I felt I would go along with him and make the book as exciting as I could."
This is => numbered copy 14 of 350 printed, signed by the translator and illustrator. As one of the first 100 numbered copies, it includes one extra illustration and is in the special purple Indian lizard binding done by Sangorski & Sutcliffe — as Sandford put it, genuine snakeskin was unpleasant to the touch, so "my Eves were wrapped in ruby wine-dark lizards."
Provenance: Front free endpaper with pressure-stamp of Sir Thomas Ramsay (1907–95), an Australian collector.
Cock-a-hoop 192. Bound as above, front cover with gilt-stamped vignette and spine with gilt-stamped title, top edge gilt, in publisher's original teal paper slipcase; slipcase worn with upper edge starting to separate slightly, glassine wrapper lacking, volume clean and lovely. Endpapers with minor offsetting to margins; front free endpaper with short tear from outer margin and with pressure-stamp as above. => A beautiful, special copy of this sinfully delightful volume. (37191) Please RESHELVE This.
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