THE NONESUCH CENTURY, by Symons; Flower; Meynell - 1936 [Ltd Ed w/ASL] Association Copy: Holbrook Jackson
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 Meynell
Association Copy with ASL to Holbrook Jackson from Meynell.
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. (Please see details after condition notes)
LIMITED FIRST EDITION. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1936.
Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.
- Elegant, understated 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. (see photos)
- Spine ends are gently bumped and scuffed.
- Ex Libris bookplate with Holbrook Jackson's name on front pastedown. (see photos)
- 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. (see photos)
- The tipped-in illustrations and inset pages are overall in lovely condition.
8 X 12.5 inches.
In addition to opening essays, it includes tipped in samples that were printed on the original presses, and much more.
EDITION POINTS: Stated as 1 of 750 printed in England.
PROVENANCE AND EPHEMERA:
- Clipped article about 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 Holbrook Jackson's personal copy of the book.
- AUTHOR SIGNED LETTER(ASL) addressed to bookplate owner.
- Sir Francis Meredith Wilfrid Meynell (1891-1975) was a British poet and printer at The Nonesuch Press, and a co-author of this book, signed the letter.
- Letter addressed to Jackson and 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."
- 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 sample of 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."
AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.
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