R.A. Caton and the Fortune Press: A Memoir and a Hand-List

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First edition. Describes the productions of this press over the period 1924 to 1971. 92 pages. cloth, dust jacket.. 8vo..

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SMITH, Timothy D'Arch
Published by Bertram Rota, London (1983)
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Book Description Bertram Rota, London, 1983. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near fine. Dust Jacket Condition: fine. 92 p. 22 cm black cloth boards with gold lettering on spine. 8 b&w plates. Yellow dustjacket with red lettering wrapped in protective mylar. Jacket clean and neat. Spot p. 11-12. Remaining pages clean. Text unmarked. Begun in the 1920s, the press published more than 600 titles before the indefatigable publisher's death in 1971. R.A. Caton, the publisher and sole proprietor of the press, was a mystery to many of his own authors, most of whom never met him, and some of whom came to despise him. The list of authors is impressive, however, and included Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, Montague Summers, Dylan Thomas and Wallace Stevens, among others. His list also included dozens of titles of "amatory unorthodoxy" and novels dealing with the more arcane side of public school life, a number of which led to his prosecution for obscenity. Bookseller Inventory # 1721

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Book Description Bertram Rota, London, 1983. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 92pp. Very good in hardback with dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 45794

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Book Description B.Rota, 1983. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st.. 21.0 x 14.0 cm. Pp. 92, Original cloth binding in the style of Fortune Press publications. Contains useful bibliography of the press. Dustwrapper slightly grubby. Anthony Thwaite's copy with his signature on front free end paper. Bookseller Inventory # 96056

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D'ARCH SMITH, Timothy.
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Book Description Bertram Rota, London, 1983 First Edition. Hardback. Dust Jacket., 1983. 8vo. pp 92, [8] plates. Invaluable bibliography and interesting memoir of the seedy enigmatic Caton. Original publisher's black boards, lettered gilt at the spine. ISBN: 0854000232 Corner of front endpaper cut off, otheriwise fine in clean, very good wrapper with a small 2cm abrasion on the front panel. Bookseller Inventory # C18604

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Book Description Bertram Rota, London, 1983. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper. A beautiful copy. Bookseller Inventory # 277391

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Book Description Bertram Rota, London, 1983. Hardcovers. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. First edition. Full black cloth-covered boards with gilt spine lettering. Foreword. Black and white photographs. Publisher's announcement notice laid-in. Also laid-in is a zerox copy (single sheet, zeroed on both sides and folded in half) of Steven E. Smith's "Six Additions to the Fortune Press "hand-list" (PBSA. March, 1997) and a TLS from Terry Halladay on William Reese letterhead to bibliographer Howard Woolmer dated "6 June 1985." Halladay explains that he has "some 150 odd titles, including a couple not noted anywhere in Smith, and a goodly number of variant printings not noted therein," and, referencing Woolmer's comment about "keeping up with annotations in your copy" from his review, offers information that "might be of some utility." Halladay notes that he may have more titles to add from "another 60 or so titles from Ed Maggs which I have as yet not had the time to interpolate." Signed in ink "Terry" with a holograph correction to his typed name. Woolmer's plate is affixed to the lower corner of the front pastedown. Extensive underlinings and annotations by Woolmer throughout and his holograph note of the front free endpage in pencil, "Books missed by Smith (from Terry Halliday)." Two 3x5 index cards with typed information by Woolmer laid-in as additions to the list entries. The TLS is folded in thirds and in Fine condition. The publisher's announcement is foxed along one vertical edge. The book has beginning foxing on the topedge; the dustjacket has few minor edge wrinkles. Tight copy in Very Good condition in a Near Fine dustjacket with an archival cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Typed Letter Signed (TLS) Laid in. Association Copy. Bookseller Inventory # 10101611w

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Book Description Bertram Rota, London, first edition, 1983, 1983. Cloth, 8vo, 92 pp. Scarce. A valuable bibliography of the 600 publications of this press, noted for its strengths in poetry and "amatory unorthodoxy". Includes also an interesting memoir of Caton. The book "has been deliberately designed to conform to the style of the publications of the Fortune Press". Bookplate on front pastedown endpaper of the noted collector Peter Apap Bologna, Fine in Fine dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-09033

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Book Description Bertram Rota, London, 1983 First Edition. Hardback. Dust Jacket., 1983. 8vo. pp 92, [8] plates. Invaluable bibliography and interesting memoir of the seedy enigmatic Caton. Original publisher's black boards, lettered gilt at the spine. Signed by the author on the title page. ISBN: 0854000232 Fine in clean vg+ jacket with slight abrasion mark on rear panel. Original publisher's black cloth lettered gilt at the spine. Bookseller Inventory # C22012

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Book Description Bertram Rota, London, first edition, 1983, 1983. Cloth, 8vo, 92 pp. Scarce. A valuable bibliography of the 600 publications of this press, noted for its strengths in poetry and "amatory unorthodoxy". Includes also an interesting memoir of Caton. The book "has been deliberately designed to conform to the style of the publications of the Fortune Press". Fine in Fine dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-08472

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Book Description Bertram Rota, London, first edition, 1983, 1983. Cloth, 8vo, 92 pp. Scarce. A valuable bibliography of the 600 publications of this press, noted for its strengths in poetry and "amatory unorthodoxy". Includes also an interesting memoir of Caton. The book "has been deliberately designed to conform to the style of the publications of the Fortune Press". Fine in near Fine dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-10974

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