Heritage Press – She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith (1964)

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She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith (1964)
Sandglass Number V:34
Artwork: Illustrations and Decorations by T.M. Cleland
Introduced by Louis Kronenberger
Reprint of LEC #358, 32nd Series, V. 8 in 1964

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Front Bindng – It’s the return of Oliver Goldsmith! We last saw the multifaceted author for the Heritage exclusive The Vicar of Wakefield, and this will be the concluding post on his Macy career, as this classic play was the sole LEC offering of Goldsmith’s work (which got a Heritage edition as well, which is what we’re covering at present).

T.M. Cleland also makes another return to the blog, with this as his final commission before his death. He did double duty on this book, both rendering it with illustrations and decorations AND designing the overall look of it. Cleland’s career is delved into in my Monsieur Beaucaire post. It’s unfortunate that I generally dislike the artistic style chosen for this book, an apparent favorite of the LEC during the 60’s. The illustrations are little vignettes of the action being depicted in the text, but the execution of them rubs me the wrong way. I feel the same about Serge Ivanoff’s Tartuffe and the Would-Be Gentleman. There’s something about the overall look that doesn’t delight my imagination. My loss, I suppose.

Anyway, enough of my grumbles. Cleland worked with Bell as the primary font, which was then set by the Thistle Press. Connecticut Printers handled the printing on vellum-finish ivory paper from Monadnock Mill, and the bindery of choice was the old standby Russell-Rutter. Cleland’s art was printed in a unique way; each drawing in the text was done individually by color, so Cleland actually did 115 or so drawings to make up the nineteen illustrations in the book. He also did a splendid title page decoration (as he is aught to do), which is visible below.

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Slipcase

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Title Page – Cleland will always stand as one of the best title page designers in my book; this is yet another stellar example. See Monsieur Beaucaire for another. Louis Kronenberger steps in to introduce this work, which is his apparent third unification with Cleland; the two also collaborated (indirectly) on The History of Tom Jones and The Way of the World.

Examples of the Illustrations by Cleland (right click and open in new tab for full size):

Personal Notes – I picked this up at a little shop in Jamestown, California. The name escapes me at present, but I’ve gotten a couple of good books from this place. I’ll have to write it down next time I visit and update this. I clearly have this work for the text.

Sandglass (right click and select Open in New Tab to see full size):

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