NONESUCH CENTURY -1936 Press History, F. Meynell ASL, Holbrook Jackson Review


The Nonesuch Century:

An Appraisal, a Personal Note and a Bibliography of the 

first hundred books issued by the Press 1923-1934

by A.J.A. Symons, Desmond Flower, and Francis 


Publishing Info: The Nonesuch Press, London. 1936.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Beautiful early 20th century hardback binding, with a rounded spine and leather title stamp pasted onto spine.
  • Binding is strong and secure.
  • Inside pages are free of marginalia, underlining and intentional marks.
  • Green buckram over boards show minor bumping to corners.
  • Spine has dramatic fading to a light brown; despite this, the gilt on black title block is mostly intact.
  • Spine ends are gently bumped and scuffed.
  • Front pastedown has a bookplate with Holbrook Jackson's name.
  • Pastedowns and endsheets show some light foxing.
  • Interior is evenly tanned, with rare scattered foxing/smudges.
  • One of the insets has notable edge wear/closed tears along foot edge. Please see photos.
  • The tipped-in illustrations and inset pages are overall in lovely condition.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • CR20151119

A must-have book for the bibliophile, this book follows the history of Nonesuch Press, a successful, high-end, private press of the early 20th century. It includes tipped in samples that were printed on the original presses, and much more.

This copy has an interesting provenance, as detailed by the ephemera included:

  • Clipped article of the book from the publication "The Listener" and dated 11 March 1936. The glowing book review was written by British journalist, writer and publisher Holbrook Jackson (1874-1948) who was considered one of the leading bibliophiles of his time. The bookplate reveals that this was Jackson's personal copy of the book.
  • A signed letter from author and publisher Sir Francis Meredith Wilfrid Meynell (1891-1975)--a British poet and printer at The Nonesuch Press--to Jackson, dated April 18, 1936: "Now that a decent interval has elapsed I feel that I can thank you without accusation of log-rolling for your review in the Listener of THE NONESUCH CENTURY. It was extremely generous and gave great pleasure not only to me but also to my father." AUTHOR SIGNED LETTER addressed to bookplate owner.

The book opens with 80 pages of text: 1) Appraisal by A.J.A. Symom; 2) The Personal Element by Francis Meynell; 3) The Bibliography of the First Hundred Books of the Nonesuch Press (1923-1935) by Desmond Flower. The Devices section includes 3 pages of B&W sampling of devices used to represent the press in different books. The Bindings section offers 6 B&W photo plates featuring bound Nonesuch books. In the last two sections the numbering system jumps around a bit, because the numbers refer back to the bibliography listing. There is the Text and Title Pages with a generous samplof examples. The last third of the book consists of beautiful tipped-in, heavy-stock pages, on which are lightly pasted a wide range of Illustrations and Inset Pages. 8 X 12.5 inches.

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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Binding: Hardcover
Subject: Reference
Topic: Books
Special Attributes: Signed
Origin: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Year Printed: 1936
Original/Facsimile: Original
Author: Symons Flower Meynell
Publisher: The Nonesuch Press
Place of Publication: London
Modified Item: No
Region: Europe
Language: English
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