We have a selection of wonderful books for the festive season, including:
'The Cultivation of Christmas Trees' by
TS Eliot / David Jones, 1954
Original illustrated wrappers with one full-page, colour lithograph by Jones. A fine copy in very good original, custom envelope.
The 'Ariel Series' (1927–1931) as it came to be known was an inspired series of 38 pamphlets featuring a single, previously unpublished poem by a major poet, accompanied by an illustration by a noted artist. Many of them have seasonal or Christmas themes.
When Faber released the full Ariel series in 1954, Eliot penned a new poem, The Cultivation of Christmas Trees, to join the series.
Sorry – now sold
Christmas Trees by Robert Frost (1874 – 1963)
A letterpress printed chapbook designed by Frost scholar and collector Pat Alger with Abigail Rorer of the Lone Oak Press. Written in 1915 by Frost for a handmade Christmas card, it was first printed in a very limited edition as a Christmas greeting card in 1929 by the Spiral Press. This edition illuminated with the timeless wood engravings of Abigail Rorer commemorates the eightieth anniversary of the very first Robert Frost Christmas Card. Frost produced a Christmas booklet most years between 1934 and 1962.
12 pages with colour endpapers, 152 x 115 mm, printed on Zerkall Book with Deepdene type. Edition of 100 numbered and signed copies. The cover is illustrated with a two block colour engraving with a further four colour engravings within the text.
£55 (plus P&P and insurance)
A unique copy of 'Venice' by John Craig
Printed by John Randle at The Whittington Press, with a sumptuous binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.
This volume is absolutely stunning and a perfect Christmas gift for the avid collector: bound in teal and orange goatskin with onlays in pepper red and navy blue. All edges are gilt with gouge work in gold leaf to gondolas and hand lettered to spine in gold leaf with soft terracotta handmade endpapers enclosed in a cloth slipcase.
£2,450 (plus P&P and insurance)
'Gift: I Made This For You' by Sarah Bodman
Produced to resemble the type of pamphlet publication / recipe book given away with newly purchased gas cookers in the 1940s–50s. It contains 14 'recipes' for 15 people. Each of the dishes was cooked and photographed by the artist in the same sequence that the original dishes were prepared. Gift in the English language means a present, it is also the German word for poison. A limited edition artist’s book inspired by the 'Angel of Bremen’, Gesche Gottfried, considered a model citizen by the public but who actually murdered fifteen people by lacing their food with arsenic.
'Glory, Azure & Gold: twelve stained-glass windows by Thomas Denny'.
The second standard edition is available at Reed Contemporary Books.
"It is a beautiful, beautiful book with material to educate and inspire us. A definite recommend."
Glass Network magazine, June 2017
£40 (plus P&P and insurance)