The Nonesuch Century. An appraisal, a personal note and a bibliography of the first hundred books issued by the press 1923–1934

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Symons, A. J. A. – Flower, Desmond – Meynell, Francis:

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The Nonesuch Press, London. Published February 1936. [4], xi, [1], 80, [8] + inserts; 6 leaves of illustrations of bindings; [56], [96], [4] pages; doubled endpapers. 4to (31,5 x 20,5 cm). All edges untrimmed, headband and tailband, cased in full green buckram, leather label at head of spine, gilt. No dust wrapper, spine faded, brown stain at foot of spine and on front board, bookplate of Svenska Boktryckareföreningen (Swedish Associataion of Printers) on front board inside. Printed in 750 copies, This is a review copy out of series, with a preserved presentation slip. Set in Monotype Times New Roman, with Perpetua, Felicity and Caslon figures, printed at Cambridge University Press on wove paper. Front portrait of Francis Meynell by Eric Gill. Five photographs of bindings reproduced by gravure on cream cartridge. Illustrative text and title pages on the following 56 pages reset in the original types and printed at CUP. Inserts on the following 96 pages of brown paper, all inserts either 2 pp., printed one side, or 4 pp., printed both sides. (Dreyfus 106).
”The book should be of interest to typographers, for the pages show a wide variety in the treatment of typographic problems. It should also be of interest to collectors, for it contains the best pages from such books as the Nonesuch Bible, the Dante, and the three-volume Blake… It is a demonstration of the Nonesuch Press. But it is also an account of typographical experiment, of trial and error in the making of books; and it may, we hope, contain a small, a very small, part of the history of contemporary typography in England.” F.M.

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