With a Suite of Twenty-Six Wood Engravings and Twenty-Six Initial Line Cuts with a Calligraphed Letter, Signed by the Artist and Calligrapher

    [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. One of the deluxe edition of fifty copies, this one being number xxviii, signed by Alan James Robinson, with a chemise containing a suite of the twenty-six wood engravings, all signed by the artist and a set of twenty-six initial line cuts with a calligraphic letter, all signed by the artist and calligrapher. 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 Cheloniidae definition illustrated ephemera signed by the artist laid in. Bound in full red morocco with pictorial stamping. Patterned endpapers. Paper embossed with sea turtle design. Loose sheets of prints and linecuts in a separate morocco-backed chemise. Book and chemise housed in a quarter gilt-stamped red morocco and cloth clamshell box. Fine.

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    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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