January 14, 2018 Comments Off on Limited Editions Club/Heritage Press: Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope (1958)
Limited Editions Club:
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope (1958)
LEC #292/27th Series V. 1 in 1958
Artwork: Illustrations by Fritz Kredel
Introduced by Angela Thirkell
#403 of 1500.
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Front Binding – Happy 2018 everyone! I am not entirely sure how frequent this blog will see updates without any new books to spotlight beyond this one at present, but I will continue to post new titles that come into my hands as they enter my library — I promise you that!
Our first post in 2018 is not the first for either author nor artist; in fact, we’ve spotlighted them both TOGETHER way back when with the Heritage reprint of The Warden, which predated this book by three years. You can take a look at the Heritage edition I previously reviewed below. Anthony Trollope would only see these two works printed by the Limited Editions Club, with both decorated by Fritz Kredel’s graceful hand. As for Fritz, he hasn’t been spotlighted since 2013’s post on The Decameron, so it’s nice to welcome him back, especially since he was the most utilized of all illustrators by George Macy and his family over the LEC tenure. This is a very representative example of his output; expertly done and apropos of the story within. For his entire LEC/Heritage bibloiography, see here.
Design Notes – Designer Richard Ellis was recruited to continue the tradition he established with The Warden (a theme for this book, as we will see shortly). Ellis is no stranger to the blog at this point; I even reposted a complete LEC/Heritage bibliography just for him from Devotee featherwate! We last saw his work with the Heritage exclusive The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. The font chosen was Bell (much like The Warden), which was printed by Clarke & Way on Curtis paper. The letter makes a note about the paper being infused with titanium to minimize showthrough. Frank Fortney of Russell-Rutter binded the project, with a black levant-grain leather with Kredel supplying a decoration stamped in gold leaf alongside the title and publisher. The boards have a patterned paper, and it seems to be radically different batches used midway through as I’ve seen two copies of this LEC and they did not share the same paper! Kredel’s artwork was reproduced via gravures by the Photogravure and Color Company and subsequently colored by Walter Fischer’s studio. Each of the forty drawings had four separate stencils created for each to maximize closeness to Kredel’s originals. These stencils were then carefully used to color each illustration by hand to match up. More can be seen in the Letter below!
Title Page – Angela Thirkell, who also provided a preface for The Warden, steps back in to provide the same treatment for this book. Trollope’s two books essentially had the exact same crew backing them, which is sort of unique for the Club. The big selling point of the LEC upgrade is the upgrade to Kredel’s colors, which the Heritage reprint does not come close in replicating:
As was frequent in Heritage reprints of this era, the color choice was radically simplified.
Colophon – This is copy 403 of 1500 and signed by Kredel. My first LEC from him!
Examples of the Illustrations by Kredel (right click and open in new tab for full size):
Personal Notes – I picked this up for store credit as Old Capitol Books in Monterey when I was down there for Christmas…this is like the 15th LEC of theirs I’ve bought I’m pretty sure. I’ll have to check one of these days…
LEC Newsletter (right click and open in new tab for full size):
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope (1958)
Sandglass Number unknown
Artwork – Illustrations by Fritz Kredel
Introduced by Angela Thirkell
Reprint of LEC #292/27th Series V. 1 in 1958
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Front Binding – A nicely designed pattern for the boards on this book, with a brown spine. Shame it’s been sunned somehow, but it is a library book, after all.
Page 18 – Lovely, lovely work. The woman’s face to the right of the carriage is amazing; I’ll need to check and see how it looks in the LEC.
Personal Notes – Back when I was reviewing library books, I picked this up to document from the Mariposa library. It’s seen its fair share of readers, I can say that much.
June 6, 2014 Comments Off on Limited Editions Club: A Voyage to the South Seas by William Bligh (1975)
A Voyage to the South Seas by William Bligh (1975)
LEC #487/43rd Series V. 5 in 1975
Artwork – Watercolors and drawings by Geoffrey C. Ingleton
Introduced by Alan Villiers
LEC #403 of 1500
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Front Binding – Last year I posted about the lovely LEC Captain Cook. In 1975, Cardevon Press reunited the creative team from that book, Douglas Dunstan of the Griffin Press of Australia and illustrator Geoffrey C. Ingleton, for a second (and final) seafaring, this time the tribulations of Lt. William Bligh of the British Navy aboard the H.M.S. Bounty. You may recognize Bligh from the more famous novel Mutiny on the Bounty (which was also a LEC, issued back in 1947 featuring Fletcher Martin’s artwork), which retold the events of this journal in a more dramatic fashion. While this LEC lacks the astounding production values on the binding in contrast to the Cook (honestly, it would be difficult to top the tapa cloth/kangaroo leather spine combo!), this is a very serviceable edition from the Cardevon period. It’s the tallest LEC I currently own, with large text and striking visuals, and the interior is designed just as exquisitely as Cook’s journals.
Ingelton would end his LEC career with this book, delivering two nautical treasures before stepping away. While we’re briefly touching on the art, this book has a rather infamous (among us Devotees at Librarything, anyway) drawing of a sailor with dropped trousers, having his penis inspected by the ship surgeon for venereal diseases. I didn’t photograph that one, but it is a rather revealing (in many ways!) look into the sailor life, and perhaps a loosening of the moral standards from the earlier days of the Club. There is ample nudity in many older LEC’s and Heritage titles, but this particular scene is of a different mold than the fantastical or humorous takes those books took, in my view. Alongside the Cardevon Flowers of Evil, I think the issuings of this period are a little less concerned with offending clientele.
Design Notes – Dunstan handled design duties, and he is good. The layout of the text and artwork is spectacular. The font is Baskerville in various sizes. Tan paper and terra cotta ink for the endpaper drawings make those particular pages pop, and the binding is a homespun linen decorated with two Ingleton originals: one for the front and one for the back. The Griffin Press handled the printing, binding and illustration duties. More can be gleamed from the letter below.
Spine – Gold leaf was put onto the spine, but alas, the spine is a bit faded. Only real blemish to this book.
Title Page – Alan Villiers provides an intro. And this is the full title of Bligh’s narrative! It’s a wonder books were printed cheaply in ye olde days.
Colophon Page – Ingleton and Dunstan both signed this colophon page, and this is yet another #403 in my hat.
Examples of the Illustrations by Ingelton (right click and open in new tab for full size):
Personal Notes – I bought this at Old Capitol Books in Monterey last week, capitalizing (I’m being awfully punny today) on a sale to net the book half off its $75 price tag. I’m quite happy to have it, and I’ve finally completed a set of books for an illustrator I adore! Eichenberg, you’re next! :p
Monthly Letter (right click and open in new tab for full size):