Flansham, Bognor, Sussex: The Pear Tree Press, 1929. One of ninety copies printed by hand at the Pear Tree Press. This copy is out of the series and is marked "Pear Tree Copy. Title page printed in black and decorated with a blue floral border. The frontispiece is a tipped-in bookplate of Sheila M. Thompson, illustrator of many of the press' books; decorated woodcut title-page printed in black and blue and illustrated colophon printed in blue; introduction with blue woodcut headband and tail piece; thirty-one plates, some printed in colors. Binding extremities lightly rubbed with very minor soiling to paper label. Minor offsetting to front leaves and terminal blanks. Tipped-in bookplate on front flyleaf. A twice-folded sheet featuring four of the work's bookplates laid-in, possibly a proof. A fine copy in cloth clamshell slipcase with gilt morocco label. Linen-backed black paper boards with a printed blue paper label on the front cover. Octavo. , iv, , [+1, colophon] pp. Item #16562
The Pear Tree Press was founded by James J. Guthrie (1874-1952) in 1899 while he was living at Pear Tree Cottage in Ingrave, Essex, England. Guthrie was an artist, typographer, and printer interested in intaglio printing. He moved the press to Shorne in Kent, then Harting in Sussex, before settling at Flansham, near Bognor Regis, Sussex in 1907.