One of Ten Deluxe Limited Edition Copies[Cheloniidae Press]. D. H. Lawrence. Tortoises, Six Poems by D. H. Lawrence. [Williamsburg, Massachusetts]: Cheloniidae Press, 1983.
Deluxe edition limited to 10 copies numbered I-X, of which this copy is number IX, signed by the artist Alan James Robinson on the colophon page, bound in full vellum by Gray Parrot bindery, Easthampton. Designed by Alan James Robinson and Arthur Larson. Text set by Winifred Bixler. Typesetting by Michael Bixler and Arthur Larson. Printed at the Hampshire Typothetae by H. Patrick McGrath. Hand-bound at the Gray Parrot bindery. Printed on Fabriano Perusia. Quarto. Unpaginated. Illustrated with wood engravings by Alan James Robinson. Introduction by Jefferson Hunter. With an etching portrait of the D. H. Lawrence as a frontispiece and original watercolor of Lawrence by Robinson laid in.
Full vellum binding by Gray Parrot bindery. With a suite of prints and original drawings each signed by Robinson in a quarter vellum over oatmeal cloth chemise with titles stamped in gilt on the spine and all housed in a matching quarter vellum over oatmeal cloth tray-case with titles stamped in gilt on the spine. Fine condition.
Six poems by D. H. Lawrence 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. A splendid example of the book as art.
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