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    Artist's Copy of the Publisher's Mock-Up

    [Cheloniidae Press]. D. H. Lawrence and Alan James Robinson. Tortoises, Six Poems by D. H. Lawrence. [Williamsburg, Massachusetts]. Cheloniidae Press, 1983.

    Artist's copy of the publisher's mock-up, signed by Alan James Robinson, with a suite of seven original watercolor drawings, a group of original pencil studies, proofs of the woodcuts and etchings, a mock-up of the book including text illustrations, and a galley proof. Small quarto. Unpaginated. Introduction by Jefferson Hunter. Engravings by Alan James Robinson. Printed on T. Edmonds Creme obsolete mould made English paper. Printed on Fabriano Perusia with an etching portrait frontispiece of the poet, D. H. Lawrence.

    Full vellum binding, hand-bound by Gray Parrot. Gilt lettering to spine, top edge gilt. Engravings and mock-up material laid into four cloth chemises, all contained in cloth clamshell box. Fine.

    Six poems, which originally appeared in the 1930 edition of Birds, Beasts & Flowers, newly illustrated with eight wood engravings depicting the life cycle and family relationships of the tortoise. This is the only mock-up material extant for this work.

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