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Verlag: Cranach Press for Edition de Cluny, Weimar, 1931
One of only 50 de luxe copies printed on japon with roman numerals, this L or no.50, of a total edition of 158. There were other editions in Latin and German. 11 original woodcuts and 13 initials by Eric Gill, with headlines across each page printed in red. Tall thin 4to., in a fine binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe of full red crushed morocco with gilt rules round each side and using Gill titling on the upper cover, spine in compartments with raised bands, turn-ins with gilt fillet and signed by S&S on the front turn-in, top edge gilt, others uncut. A superb copy. The book was the last to come from Kessler's Cranach Press and was a triumph. Kessler himself expressed his enthusiasm for Gill's engravings in a letter to the artist "I think it is one of the most beautiful series of illustrations produced in modern times". Cave, the Private Press experts, believed that the Song of Songs was one of the three exceptional items printed by the Cranach Press, the other two being the Hamlet and the Eclogues. Sangorski & Sutcliffe had made all the morocco bindings for the vellum copies of this French edition. There are variants of the japon de luxe edition with blue lettering.
Verlag: Count Harry Kessler at the Cranach Press, Weimar, 1931
Hardcover. First edition. 31 pages, 26 x 13.5 cm. Limited edition, copy 180 of 200 designed by Count Harry Kessler: printed in red and black in Jenson Antiqua on hand-made Maillol Kessler paper with watermark of the Cranach Press. 11 wood engraved illustrations (seven are full page) and 18 initials by Eric Gill. Laid-in, "Former Publications Of The Cranach Press." which lists three tittles -- The Ecologues of Virgil, Hamlet & The Duinese Elegies. An almost as new copy save for a few small toned fore-edge spots. THE ARTIST AND THE BOOK. 121. EVAN GILL 284. Quarter vellum and gilt lettered tan parchment boards. Fine in fine plain wrapper in matching fine board slipcase.
Verlag: [Printed for the Hogarth Press] / (The Cranach Press), London, 1931
Hardcover. Zustand: Near Fine. First edition of this translation and first edition in English. Translated from the German by V. Sackville-West and Edward Sackville-West. Large octavo. 132pp. Quarter vellum gilt and lavender paper-covered boards, topedge gilt. Text in English and German on facing pages. Small owner name stamp and Johannesburg bookseller ticket on front pastedown, a little scattered foxing else a near fine copy in very good or better spine-tanned original unprinted dust jacket and original unprinted slipcase with a bit of browning and moderate wear. Copy number 179 of 230 numbered copies Signed by Vita and Edward Sackville-West. Beautifully designed and produced, Count Harry Kessler planned the format of this volume, Eric Gill designed and cut the initials on wood, and printed for the Hogarth Press by the Cranach Press on handmade Maillol-Kessler paper with the watermark of the Cranach Press. Seldom found in dust jacket and box.
Verlag: London Printed at the Cranach Press for the Hogarth Press, 1931
Buch Erstausgabe Signiert
First edition, first printing; limited edition, number 197 of 230 copies on handmade Maillol-Kessler paper and signed by the translators; large 8vo; text in English and German, designed by Count Harry Kessler, printed in red and black in Edward Johnston italic cut by E. Prince & G.T. Friend, wood-engraved initials by Eric Gill, occasional scattered spotting; publisher's vellum-backed boards, the odd spot to covers, top edge gilt, others uncut. Kessler established the Cranach Press to produce finely printed translations of classic non-German literature. So when the Woolfs decided to produce a translation going in the other direction they decided it would be natural to commission Kessler to print the edition for them. The result was one of the triumphs of the press and coincidentally one of the Sackville-West's enduring contributions to world literature. Cross & Ravenscroft-Hulme A25; Woolmer 268.
Verlag: published and sold by la Galerie Druet in Parisfor the Cranach Press, Weimar, 1926
No 42 of 250 copies on hand-made paper of the French edition (the total edition was 292, and there were also English and German editions). 43 woodcut illustrations by Aristide Maillol, head-line of the title page and initial letters cut by Eric Gill with ornament by Maillol. Italic type designed by Edward Johnston and the punches for the main type were cut by Edward Prince, supervised by Emery Walker, based on Jenson type designed in Venice in 1473. Hemp and linen paper made by Gaspard Maillol and known as Maillol-Kessler paper. Printed under the supervision of Count Kessler and J.H. Mason at the Cranach Press. Folio, loose as issued in the original brown printed paper wrappers with image by Maillol printed on the front and housed in the original quarter parchment portfolio with linen edges, lettering printed in sanguine on the upper cover and spine and with the original linen ties. A remarkably fresh and clean copy, the portfolio has some wear, dust soiling and rubbing with some wear to the fold-ins but it has done its job in protecting the book. The first and as the Press's historian Brink writes "arguably the greatest book of the Cranach Press", dedicated by Harry Kessler to "the master of book-printing, the friend and adviser of William Morris, Emery Walker". The Cranach Eclogues had a long slow birth having been interrupted by the First World War. Most of the designs were done by 1914 and printed began early that year. It was then put on hold during the war, in which the pressman Erich Dressler was killed, and resumed in June 1925. The English edition was printed even later in 1927. Many see it as the most beautiful book of the Cranach Press, even taking into account the striking Hamlet, and Kessler wrote about deeply moved he was when looking at Maillol's Eclogues woodcuts "here an art has been created which answers in the affirmative to the world as a whole, and which restores to this world its innocence and its bliss, which is devoted to it in awe and in bliss, and therefore is an art which is religious in the Greek sense".