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Pissarro, Lucien, & Alan Maxwell Fern. Notes on the Eragny Press, and a letter to J.B. Manson. Cambridge [England]: Privately printed, 1957. 8vo (20.2 cm; 8"). vii, , 16, 11, 39– pp. $325.00
One of 500 copies. The Eragny Press and its creator, Lucien Pissarro, the painter, wood-engraver, and son of influential Impressionist Camille Pissarro, are celebrated in this => limited edition volume printed and bound at the Cambridge University Press as a Christmas gift from the University Printer, 1957, to "friends in printing and publishing."
Inspired by the English private press Arts & Crafts movement, Pissarro began the Eragny Press in 1894 and produced over 30 hand-crafted books over the next 20 years.
Two written pieces by Lucien Pissarro — his notes on the press and a letter to his friend J.B. Manson, artist and director of the Tate Gallery in the 1930s — are printed here for the first time. => Eleven full-page illustrations (many in color) by Lucien Pissarro are included, most printed from the original blocks; one is illuminated and one is tipped in. Brooke Crutchley provides a preface, Alan Fern gives an overview of Pissarro's life and work in a supplement, and M. Gilbert Polliet furnishes an engraving of Pissarro at work.
Binding: Sage gray paper–covered spine; boards covered in a gray-green patterned paper reproduced from a design of Pissarro's own.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).
Bound as above; minor soiling to top edge. Endpapers lightly foxed; in one case very faint offsetting from illustration to following page; tipped-in illustration soiled along edge (likely from the glue). => A beautifully crafted book in wonderful condition. (37769) Please RESHELVE This.
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