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    With a Set of Original Pencil Drawings, Signed by the Artist

    [Cheloniidae Press]. Alan James Robinson and Laurie Block. An Odd Bestiary, or, A Compendium of Instructive and Entertaining Descriptions of Animals, Culled from Five Centuries of Travelers' Accounts, Natural Histories, Zoologies, &tc., by Authors Famous and Obscure, Arranged as an Abecedary. [N.p.]: Cheloniidae Press, 1982.

    Artist's proof copy of the deluxe edition of fifty copies, this one being number vi, signed by Alan James Robinson, and bound by Gray Parrot, containing an additional suite of the twenty-six wood engravings, all signed by the artist. This artist's proof copy is accompanied by a set of original pencil drawings, all signed by the artist. Printed on Rives lightweight at the Hampshire Typothetae. Blocks cut by the artist at Cheloniidae Press and printed by Harold P. McGrath. Types were set monotype by Mackenzie-Harris with some hand-setting by Arthur Larson. Small folio. Unpaginated. Illustrations and design by Alan James Robinson. Text and annotations by Laurie Block. Hand calligraphy by Betse Curtis. With prospectus laid in.

    Bound in full red morocco with pictorial stamping. Patterned endpapers. Paper embossed with sea turtle design. Loose sheets of drawings and prints in a separate morocco-backed chemise. Book and chemise housed in a quarter gilt-stamped red morocco and cloth clamshell box. Fine.

    A collection of twenty-six delightful illustrations drawn to accompany first-hand accounts of unusual and wondrous animals encountered by voyagers, explorers, pirates, and others.


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