S.P. Tuohy and The Perpetua Press, 2018. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1st Edition. Limited to 250 copies. Crown 8vo. (19.5cm). Pp.40. 28 plates (one folding). Set in ’Monotype’ Bell and printed letterpress on Zerkall mouldmade paper by Evergreen Press. Bound in full cloth by Ludlow Bookbinders.
This book takes its origin from a group of line blocks found among the Oxford University Printer Vivian Ridler’s extensive collections of his friend Berthold Wolpe’s work. It features sets of decorations made for two books published early in the graphic designer’s long career in the Faber production department: Walter de la Mare’s Collected Poems (1942), and Sauces, French and English (1947) by F. Le Mesurier. Adding a number of new details to the established record, a concise introduction explores and background to the drawings and traces the formation, in the late 1930s and early 1940s, of the personal and professional network, based on the London publishing house, which sustained a lasting friendship in printing and book production.