Kentfield, California: The Allen Press, 1969. One of 140 copies. Illustrated in black & white by Victor Seward. The engraved hand device, by Mallette Dean, which is printed in blue at the beginning of each chapter, is printed in red on the front cover. Title-page printed red, blue and black; decoration in red and blue throughout. Printed on handmade paper from the Wookey Hole Mill in England. A fine copy of this classic text on letterpress printing, often considered the masterpiece of the Allen Press. In acetate dust jacket, with the original prospectus laid in. Brown linen, decoratively stamped in red. Folio. 75, , [2, index] pp. Item #14105
The purpose of the volume ws four-fold: to enable handpress owners to produce high-quality printing; encourage those with increasing leisure time to enjoy the unique rewards of handpress printing as a serious avocation; to stimulate a renaissance in fine printing through hand-craftmanship, and to acquaint collectors with methods involved in a hand produced book" (Lewis Allen, Allen Press Bibliography, 34).