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Fine presses

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The Old School Press, Somerset, UK

A Long Story, 2001
Four Poems by Andrew Motion with Wood Engravings by Simon Brett

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The author writes, ‘A Long Story assembled itself over several years into a loose sequence of four sections, none of them rhymed and all written in a very loose rambling rhythm.’ They cover key moments from childhood to adulthood.

44 pages, 280 x 205mm, printed on 170gsm Magnani mould-made paper bound by Bristol Bound with quarter yellow cloth on the spine and rich dark green hand-made paper covering the boards, the title embossed in gold on the front. Edition of 230. Signed by Andrew Motion and Simon Brett and numbered.

£72 (plus P&P and insurance)

Palladio’s Homes, 2009

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A celebration of Italian printing as well as one of Italy’s greatest architects who left not just a legacy of great buildings but also a detailed exposition of his ideas in ‘I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura’, first published in 1570. The chapters which layout his general principles for the placing and design of villas are reprinted here in the original Italian, together with a parallel translation of 1738 by the English architect Isaac Ware. It also includes reflections by later architects and commentators such as Inigo Jones and Goethe, who visited and wrote about Palladio’s villas.

112 pages, 365 x 265mm, printed on Amatruda paper hand-made in Amalfi, linocuts and pen and ink drawings by Carlo Rapp. Quarter-bound in dark grey cloth, the boards covered by ‘Cloudy Sky’ three-pulp paper by Cave Paper of Minneapolis, all contained in a wrap of board in the same cloth as the spine; book and wrap carry a spine label. 170 copies. Numbered.

£250 (plus P&P and insurance)

An Italian Dream, 2008
Chapter VII of ‘Pictures in Italy’ by Charles Dickens

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In this chapter Dickens describes his visit to La Serenissima as if remembering a dream that happened between two other more prosaic stops on his tour.

16 pages, 255 x 160mm, printed on Amatruda paper hand-made in Amalfi, with end papers of a burgundy coloured handmade Magnani Firenzi. Front cover photograph by Martyn Ould of the Old School Press. 135 copies. Numbered.

£36 (plus P&P and insurance)