THE NONESUCH CENTURY, by Symons; Flower; Meynell - 1936 [Ltd Ed w/ASL] Association Copy: Holbrook Jackson


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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.
  • CR20151119

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.


  • 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."


  1. 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.
  2. The "Devices" section includes 3 pages of B&W sampling of devices used to represent the press in different books.
  3. The "Bindings" section offers 6 B&W photo plates featuring bound Nonesuch books.
  4. In the last two sections the numbering system jumps around a bit, because the numbers refer back to the bibliography listing.
  5. There is the "Text and Title Pages" with a generous samplof examples.
  6. 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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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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