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Venice

Craig, John

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Quarto. (51)pp., frenchfold. Of a total edition of 285, this is one of forty copies bound in full leather and with an additional suite of signed prints. With over 80 wood engravings and linocuts by John Craig, including four printed on lightweight hand-made papers and tipped in, and some in color. Although Craig claims that this work is "by, and for, a Venice amateur," he masterfully captures the character of the city's nooks and crannies in these double-page spreads. The asymmetrical text and images are balanced by Craig's deliberate use of white space making the spreads seem like stage designs. This style of illustration hearkens to the work of Craig's grandfather, Edward Gordon Craig. Printed on a lightweight, hot-pressed Zerkall mould-made paper with a touch of sheen. Binding designed by Craig, executed in black Oasis leather with inlays of red, green, and light blue, and with the title blind-stamped to the spine. The suite, in its own portfolio, includes most of the engravings from the book, printed on proofing paper. The book and suite are housed together, with a prospectus, in a cloth clamshell box, with a gilt-titled black leather spine label. Mint. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Venice
Publisher: Whittington Press
Publication Date: 2015

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Craig, John
Published by The Whittington Press, [Risbury, Herefordshire (2015)
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Book Description The Whittington Press, [Risbury, Herefordshire, 2015. First edition limited to 285 copies, this being one of 60 copies half-bound in Oasis, with a separate portfolio of prints by John Craig; (Whittington's 'B' issue); this being the last copy no. 60, signed by Craig and with a note on the colophon in John Randle's hand "Press copy, 21 May 2016." Small folio, unpaginated; engraved illustrations from (mostly) maple blocks by John Craig; half Oasis over decorative paper-covered boards, publisher's slipcase. Fine. Brilliant views of the lesser known parts of the city's streets, narrow passages, waterways, and courtyards as seen through an astute architectural eye. In this particular portfolio there are 37 separate sheets of proofs on different styles of paper (containing 41 wood engravings, a number duplicated and some on versos), mostly marked in pencil by John Randle for placement, and on the first of which he has written in ink at the top: "First proofs sent to John [Craig] 2/4/13 on Zerkall Rosa 6060 and Matt Art. (Rosa not smooth enough). J.R.". Bookseller Inventory # 52222

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Book Description (Whittington Press, 2015.), 2015. Two vols. 9 x 12 1/2. Double-spread title, (ii), 22 double-page spreads on French-fold leaves, (2) ppages. Text in red; most engravings in black; some tipped-in folding or mounted in yellow, green, & blue. Full black morocco binding designed by Craig, with geometric inlays of blue, green, & red. A cloth & board portfolio holds 53 loose engravings, each numbered and dated by Craig. In a suede-lined cloth tray case with leather spine label. Copy XXIV of 40 deluxe sets in this binding, with a "fuller" portfolio of prints. Printed in Centaur & Arrighi types. Written, illustrated, and designed by Craig, the engravings and type harmonise as a single unit on each double-page spread. Craig's evocative vignettes lead the reader through the lesser known by-ways of Venice--the narrow passages and hidden squares, the "in-between parts of the city.". Bookseller Inventory # 17854

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